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Putting Makeup on Dead People

Jen Violi


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Hardcover (5/24/2011)


In the spring of her senior year, Donna Parisi finds new life in an unexpected place: a coffin.

Since her father's death four years ago, Donna's been stuck in her grief, cut off from friends and family, and clueless about what to do after high school graduation. That is, until she's standing in front of the dead body of a classmate at Brighton Brothers Funeral Home. At that moment, Donna realizes that what might give her life purpose is comforting others in death. That maybe she really wants to be . . . a mortician?

This discovery sets in motion a life Donna never imagined was possible. By taking one big risk, Donna comes into her own. And she finally understands that moving forward doesn't mean forgetting someone you love.

Jen Violi's heartfelt and funny debut novel is a story of transformation-how one girl learns to grieve and say good-bye, turn loss into a gift, and let herself be exceptional . . . at loving, applying lipstick to corpses, and finding life in the wake of death.

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9781423134855, 336pp.

Publication Date: July 31, 2012

About the Author

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Jen Violi has now staked her claim in Portland, Oregon, where the greenery is plentiful, the creative spirit palpable, and the fresh coffee available every few feet-just how she likes it. Thanks to the Universities of Dayton and New Orleans, Jen got to study English, theatre, theology, and creative writing. With reverence for the healing power of stories, Jen runs her own business, offering creative writing coaching, workshops, and retreats.

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