Welcome to Elsewhere. It is warm, with a breeze, and the beaches are marvelous. It's quiet and peaceful. You can't get sick or any older. Curious to see new paintings by Picasso? Swing by one of Elsewhere's museums. Need to talk to someone about your problems? Stop by Marilyn Monroe's psychiatric practice.
Elsewhere is where fifteen-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after she has died. It is a place so like Earth, yet completely different. Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and returns to Earth. But Liz wants to turn sixteen, not fourteen again. She wants to get her driver's license. She wants to graduate from high school and go to college. And now that she's dead, Liz is being forced to live a life she doesn't want with a grandmother she has only just met. And it is not going well. How can Liz let go of the only life she has ever known and embrace a new one? Is it possible that a life lived in reverse is no different from a life lived forward? This moving, often funny book about grief, death, and loss will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned.
Elsewhere is a 2006 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over--and see everything anew.
“This novel has humor, romance, a touch of suspense, but most of all love--love of books and bookish people and, really, all of humanity in its imperfect glory.” —Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child
“Marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both.” —The Washington Post
“You won’t want it to end.” —Family Circle
“A natural for book groups.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch
“A reader’s paradise of the first order.” —The Buffalo News
“A fun, page-turning delight.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Captures the joy of connecting people and books . . . Irresistible.” —Booklist
“A wonderful, moving, endearing story of redemption and transformation that will sing in your heart for a very, very long time.” —Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
“Readers who delighted in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and Letters from Skye will be equally captivated by this novel.” —*Library Journal, starred review
But Naomi picked heads.
After her remarkable debut, Gabrielle Zevin has crafted an imaginative second novel all about love and second chances.
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Still, it is Anya's nature to soldier on. She puts the loss of Win behind her and focuses on her work. Against the odds, the nightclub becomes an enormous success, and Anya feels like she is on her way and that nothing will ever go wrong for her again. But after a terrible misjudgment leaves Anya fighting for her life, she is forced to reckon with her choices and to let people help her for the first time in her life.
In the Age of Love and Chocolate is the story of growing up and learning what love really is. It showcases the best of Gabrielle Zevin's writing for young adults: the intricate characterization of Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac and the big-heartedness of Elsewhere. It will make you remember why you loved her writing in the first place.
Since her release from Liberty Children's Facility, Anya Balanchine is determined to follow the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, her criminal record is making it hard for her to do that. No high school wants her with a gun possession charge on her rap sheet. Plus, all the people in her life have moved on: Natty has skipped two grades at Holy Trinity, Scarlet and Gable seem closer than ever, and even Win is in a new relationship.But when old friends return demanding that certain debts be paid, Anya is thrown right back into the criminal world that she had been determined to escape. It's a journey that will take her across the ocean and straight into the heart of the birthplace of chocolate where her resolve--and her heart--will be tested as never before.
In these supernatural stories by five of today's hottest writers—Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely), Scott Westerfeld (Specials), Justine Larbalestier (Magic or Madness), Gabrielle Zevin (Elsewhere), and Laurie Faria Stolarz (Blue is for Nightmares)—love may be twisted and turned around, but it's more potent than ever on its quest to conquer all.
From two students who let the power of attraction guide them to break the hard-and-fast rules of their world to the girl who falls hard for a good-looking ghost with a score to settle, the clever, quirky characters in this exciting collection will break your heart, then leave you believing in love more than ever.
◆榮登《出版人週刊》、《紐約時報》暢銷書排行榜 ◆翻譯授權20國：英國、德國、法國、荷蘭、西班牙、義大利、丹麥、芬蘭、挪威、瑞典、冰島、波蘭、加拿大、土耳其、以色列、巴西、日本、韓國、中國 我們不盡然是長篇小說，不盡然是短篇故事。 到頭來，我們是一部人生作品集。 A. J.大叔是島嶼上一家書店的老闆，個情古怪，鎮日與文字、試讀本、暢銷書、滯銷書、文宣，還有「奧客型」的讀者打交道。他的人生和期待的截然不同，摯愛的老婆過世，書店陷入有史以來的經營危機，就連手上最值錢的資產──一本愛倫坡詩集珍本，也遭竊不翼而飛。彷彿他生活的所在，A. J.的內心世界也是一座孤島，不管是充滿善意的警察局長藍比亞斯、全心想要拉他一把的大姨子伊思美，還是懷著熱情與理想、搭乘渡輪前來造訪的出版社業務員愛蜜莉亞，全被他冰冷惡劣的態度拒於千里之外。就連滿屋子的書香，也在一點一滴消失中…… 就在A. J.對人生感到疲憊、對市場感到寒心、對未來嗅不到希望的時刻，生命發生轉折，一個神祕的包袱出現在書店中。雖然只是一個小包袱，卻相當沉重。這個意外讓A. J.大叔有機會重新拾起他的人生，以嶄新的眼光觀看世界。沒多久，小島上的讀者與居民留意到他的改變，不屈不撓的業務員愛蜜莉亞也開始對他投以不一樣的目光，書籍中蘊藏的智慧再度成為A. J.世界的生命泉源。 然而，一切都將再度扭轉，意料之外的人生又悄然降臨…… 《A. J.的書店人生》充滿驚喜與感動，是一個令人難忘的故事，關於生命的轉變、第二次機會，以及我們為何而讀、為何而愛的無法抗拒的理由。在作者巧妙的筆下，「閱讀」本身也成為貫穿全書的重要角色。 島嶼書屋是間維多利亞風格的小屋，門廊上掛著褪色的招牌， 上面寫著：｢沒有人是座孤島，一書一世界，一書一天堂。｣ 書店老闆A. J.將探索這句話的真義。 【媒體推薦】 「這本書提醒了我們，愛與被愛的能力、付出與接受的意願，能拯救陷於孤獨隔絕中的我們。一則美妙、動人的故事，關於人生的救贖與轉化，它會在你胸中迴盪許久、許久。」 ──賈斯．史坦（Garth Stein）（《我在雨中等你》（The Art of Racing in the Rain）作者） 「一場輕鬆且澎湃的盛宴，如果你曾經想像過一個社會的寶藏──書店，它是如何運作的話，這本書非常合你胃口。」 ──《潔米．艾廷博格（Jami Attenberg）（食慾風暴》（The Middlesteins）作者） 「這是一本幽默、浪漫、略帶懸疑的小說，而其中最重要的是元素是愛──對書、對愛書人，或者應該說是對人性不完美榮光的愛。」 ──愛歐文．艾維（Eowyn Ivey）（《雪地裡的女孩》（The Snow Child）作者） 「我貪婪地一口氣讀完本書。它是一封獻給文字的情書，迷人且趣味橫生，能讓你在哽咽中掛著一抹開朗的微笑。」 ──娜塔莎．索羅門斯（Natasha Solomons）（暢銷書作家） 「麗文是高明的作者，聰穎機智，她對書的熱情顯而易見。」 ──出版人週刊（Publishers Weekly） 「這是一本關於生命、救贖以及第二次機會的小說。有趣、溫柔、感動人心，不時提醒著我們閱讀與愛的理由。」 ──圖書館學刊（Library Journal） 「縱貫全書的娛樂性，時而風趣、時而反映人生，還是一則文學的愛情故事，談及書、閱讀與尋覓真愛。」 ──科克斯書評（Kirkus Reviews） 「麗文接續了這個年代罕見的傳統──她創作了一本娛樂性很高的小說，雖是小品，但能攫取人心；儘管有趣，卻不甜膩濫情。更難得的是，她對書、書店以及愛書人的未來，充滿見解。」 ──華盛頓郵報（The Washington Post） 「在這部甜美、向書店致敬、振奮人心的小說中，麗文完美捕捉到讀者與書籍配對的喜樂。耐人尋味的角色、對於書籍銷售的深入理解、關於經典作品的精闢評論，還有對讀書會以及行銷活動的幽默描述，愛書人將難以抗拒。」 ──書單雜誌（Booklist）