Release Date: September 14, 2021
About The Book:
Two Winters is a contemporary YA retelling of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale about birth, death, Catholic school, improv comedy and the healing nature of time.
The winter of 1997 is a tragedy waiting to happen. Small-town life isn’t easy for seventeen-year-old, bisexual and closeted Paulina, especially when her best friend Mia becomes pregnant and doesn’t want to tell the baby’s father, Paulina’s other best friend, Tesla. Meanwhile, Paulina’s secret relationship with volleyball star Ani is about to go public. One fateful night, everything changes forever.
In the winter of 2014, Perdita, bi and proud in Chicago, is weeks away from turning seventeen. She loves her two moms, but why won’t they talk about her adoption? When Perdita meets improv performer Fenton, she discovers both a kindred soul and a willing accomplice in her search for the truth. Will Perdita find what she’s looking for?
About The Author:
Lauren Emily Whalen is the author of two books for young adults: the novel Satellite (2017) and the nonfiction book Dealing with Drama (2021). Her queer YA short story “I Saw Her Again” appears in the holiday ghost anthology Link by Link (2020). Lauren is a freelance writer, professional performer, and very amateur aerialist who graduated from Catholic school and is an unabashed devotee of the Bard. She lives in Chicago with her cat, Versace, and an apartment full of books.
Twitter : @laurenemilywri
An exceedingly clever adaptation that captures the heart of one of Shakespeare’s most complex works—and it’ll capture your heart, too. This multi-generational tale of self-discovery and the secrets we inherit needs a place on your bookshelf. -Stephanie Kate Strohm, author of Love à la Mode and It’s Not Me, It’s You
Two Winters is a breath of fresh air; a sweet, nostalgic trip back to the 1990s, when music was everything, the angst was real and lifelong friendships were forged in the struggle of emerging identities. This modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale is a poignant and hopeful tale of love, tragedy and divided loyalties that will resonate with anyone who was ever a confused teenager. I just loved this book!
-Lillah Lawson, author of Monarchs Under the Sassafras Tree, So Long, Bobby and The Deadrockstar Trilogy
Compelling characters leading complicated lives whose twists and turns will keep you turning pages. -Crystal Cestari, author of Super Adjacent and Happily Ever Island
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