J. Albert Mann-Fix in Conversation with Mary Quattlebaum

  • May 9, 2021

The author of Fix speaks virtually on Tues., May 11th, at 7 p.m. (EDT)!

J. Albert Mann-Fix in Conversation with Mary Quattlebaum

Eve and Lidia have been friends since Kindergarten. Eve was born with severe scoliosis. Lidia was born with one hand. Everything was fine before Eve’s surgery. When Eve and Lidia could hide their physical differences inside goofy Burger Hut costumes. When Lidia shook Eve up and Eve made Lidia laugh. When Lidia was there. After a life-altering surgery, Eve is left alone to recover in a world of pain and a body she no longer recognizes. Her only companions being a bottle of Roxanol and an infuriating (but cute) neighbor, Eve strikes up a relationship — and makes a pact — with the devil. Sacrificing pieces of a place she doesn't know to return to a place she does. What will she discover when she unravels her past? And is having Lidia back worth the price? In a mix of verse and prose, an author with firsthand experience paints a riveting picture of a teen struggling to find herself and move forward with her life in a sea of opioids, regret, grief, and hope.

J. Albert Mann is the author of Scar: A Revolutionary War Tale, What Every Girl Should Know, The Degenerates, and Fix, among other books for children and young adults. She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Mary Quattlebaum is an author of children’s books, reviewer for Washington Post/KidsPost, and teacher at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

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