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When Emma Sasha Silver loses her eyesight in a nightmare accident, she must relearn everything from walking across the street to recognizing her own sisters to imagining colors. One of seven children, Emma used to be the invisible kid, but now it seems everyone is watching her. And just as she’s about to start high school and try to recover her friendships and former life, one of her classmates is found dead in an apparent suicide. Fifteen and blind, Emma has to untangle what happened and why—in order to see for herself what makes life worth living.

Unflinching in its portrayal of Emma’s darkest days, yet full of hope and humor, Rachel DeWoskin’s brilliant Blindis one of those rare books that utterly absorbs the reader into the life and experience of another.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Allow[s] readers to inhabit another person’s soul so fully that they will be unable to separate the heroine’s pain from their own and become a little less blind to human suffering…For sheer emotional profundity and the elusive feeling of living another person’s experience through fiction, DeWoskin is hard to beat.”

    SF Weekly

  • “As Emma, the protagonist in adult writer DeWoskin’s profound YA debut, knows, ‘we’re all only a half-second disaster, mistake, or choice away from being changed forever.’ At the start of Emma’s freshman year, she loses her sight in a freak accident…While writing the book, DeWoskin learned Braille at the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind, and her sensitivity to details (comparing characters’ voices to smells, textures, and colors; describing conflicted reactions to Emma’s blindness) shows.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “With traces of John Green’s Looking for Alaska, DeWoskin’s first teen novel explores death and darkness…A vivid, sensory tour of the shifting landscapes of blindness and teen relationships.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A well-researched and much-needed story. Emma is a capable heroine who manages her disability with realism and grace.”

    Library Journal

  • “A gracefully written, memorable, and enlightening novel.”

    Booklist

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About the Author
Author Rachel DeWoskin

Rachel DeWoskin is the author of the novel Repeat after Me and of Foreign Babes in Beijing, a memoir about her inadvertent notoriety as the star of a Chinese soap opera. She lives in New York City and Beijing and is at work on her fourth book, Statutory.