Release Date: August 28th, 2018
Ava's disappearance was the crack in the Rivers family glacier. I wish I could explain to you how we were before, but I can't, because the before is so filmy and shadowed with the after.
The after is all Vera remembers. When her twin sister, Ava, disappeared one Halloween night, her childhood became a blur of theories, tips, and leads, but never any answers. The case made headlines, shocked Vera's Northern California community, and turned her family into tragic celebrities.
Now, at eighteen, Vera is counting down the days until she starts her new life at college in Portland, Oregon, far away from the dark cloud she and family have lived under for twelve years. But all that changes when a girl shows up at the local hospital.
Her name is Ava Rivers and she wants to go home.
Ava's return begins to mend the fractures in the Rivers family. Vera and Ava's estranged older brother returns. Vera reconnects with Max, the sweet, artistic boy from her childhood. Their parents smile again. But the questions remain: Where was Ava all these years? And who is she now
Hey Vera! I'm so happy to have you on the blog today! Thank you so much for doing this interview, I'm sure you're sick of them by now. These are just some fun questions to get to know you better!
Q: What are 3 things we can find in your purse at all times?
Vera: A book, a red hair ribbon for my Snow White gig, and pepper spray.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Vera: Honestly? It sounds unadventurous, but I just want to go to Portland, Oregon. I want to go somewhere with plenty of bookstores and coffeeshops and weirdos, someplace rainy and green and damp and surrounded by forests.
Q: Tell us your most embarrassing story.
Vera: My ex-girlfriend sold details of my family life to a tabloid magazine, including pictures of my not-so-tidy bedroom. That was pretty embarrassing.
Q: If you had to watch the same movie over and over during a 24hr period, what would it be and why?
Vera: Probably The Princess Bride. It’s one of those movies I watched a ton as a kid and even though I’m older now, I still love it. I’m way more of a book-reader than a movie-watcher and that movie also centers around reading and storytelling.
Q: Flash forward 10 years, what do you hope to be doing?
Vera: Teaching elementary school. I’d like to make reading super fun and convince kids that books are magic. I’d like to help all kids feel loved and welcome and be a grown-up they can trust. I want to be living somewhere different after traveling and seeing the world, a place where no one associates me with the missing girl Ava Rivers. And I hope that something happens with my sister’s case so my family can finally have some closure.
AUTHOR BIO:Faith Gardner is the author of the young adult novel Perdita. Her short fiction has been published in places like ZYZZYVA, PANK and McSweeney's online. She lives in the Bay Area.
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