A Certain Slant of Light (Paperback)

By Laura Whitcomb

Houghton Mifflin, 9780618585328, 288pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2005



In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: for the first time in 130 years, human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helenterrified, but intriguedis drawn to him. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge. But as the lovers struggle to find a way to be together, they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and of the young people they come to possess.

Praise For A Certain Slant of Light

"Whitcomb writes with a grace that befits Helen’s more modulated world while depicting contemporary society with sharp insight. In the subgenre of dead-narrator tales, this book shows the engaging possibilities of immortality–complete with a twist at the end that wholly satisfies." --School Library Journal School Library Journal

"A highly senual, supernatural story of two spirits caught in purgatory. . . . Mesmerizing." --Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly

"Whitcomb is generous with atmospheric detail . . . and she creatively pulls together a dramatic and compelling plot that cleverly grants rebellious teen romance a timeless grandeur." --The Bulletin Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"[An] original, opinionated, sexy, and romantic novel of the afterlife." —Horn Book Horn Book

"Whitcomb writes beautifully . . . this will be irresistible to teens." ––Booklist Booklist, ALA