Laika

Brick Mantel Books
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You feel watched. It's nothing new, but the feeling is amplified when the streets are busy. That hum in your head is now a buzz.

Laika desperately wishes for a new life. At fourteen, she’s hardened and independent, living on the streets of Southern California. She’s finally free of her volatile home but yearns for true stability.

As Graham, a waiter at a local Russian restaurant, watches Laika steal and struggle to survive, he sees there is something else going on. Something dangerous. An insidious disease that gnaws at her mind and drags her deeper into a world of chaos and delusion.

Laika brings to light the often-shrouded world of paranoid schizophrenia. It also examines the socially stigmatized issues of homelessness, addiction, and PTSD, in the hopes of fostering greater awareness and compassion.

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About the author

Kate Kort was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1985. She studied English and world literature at Truman State University. She currently lives in a suburb of Portland, Oregon, with her husband and three children. Some of her favorite authors include Salman Rushdie, G.K. Chesterton, Carl Hiaasen, Mikhail Bulgakov, Andrei Bely, and Arundhati Roy.

Glass (2015) was her debut novel.

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Publisher
Brick Mantel Books
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Published on
Oct 10, 2017
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Pages
252
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ISBN
9781941799505
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Coming of Age
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Psychological
Young Adult Fiction / Coming of Age
Young Adult Fiction / Girls & Women
Young Adult Fiction / Literary
Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Homelessness & Poverty
Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Mental Illness
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Eligible for Family Library

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