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Author: Laurie Halse Anderson Narrator: Julia Whelan, Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2014 ISBN: 9781480553590
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For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own. Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? The Impossible Knife of Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Laurie Halse Anderson has been lauded and awarded for her ability to channel the teenage mind (and heart) dealing with tough issues. In The Impossible Knife of Memory, she takes on PTSD through the story of a girl coping with her troubled veteran dad.”

    Family Circle

  • The Impossible Knife of Memory isn’t always an easy read—Anderson’s gritty, authentic look at PTSD is by turns painful and heartbreaking—but it’s an important one.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Anderson’s novels…speak for the still-silent among us and force all of us to acknowledge the real and painful truths that are too dangerous to ignore.”

    New York Times

  • “As in Speak, Anderson provides a riveting study of a psychologically scarred teenager, peeling back layers of internal defenses to reveal a girl’s deepest wounds.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Compelling, powerful, and timely…This is challenging material, but in Anderson’s skilled hands, readers will find a light shining on the shadowy reality of living with someone who has lived through war.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The book offers an eloquent portrait of the effects of both war and family legacies, and many readers will find reflections of their own struggle to keep family connections while obtaining their independence.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Literature (starred review)

  • “Julia Whelan’s expert performance brings out the complexity of Hayley’s character, picking up on her vulnerability and defensive toughness, mixing both with a good dose of teen attitude. Whelan’s solid characterizations, varied cadence, and expressive reading strengthen the listener’s connection to this emotionally intense story. Narrator Luke Daniels delivers the few sections told from Andy’s point of view. His mature voice makes a believable contrast with Whelan’s, and he captures Andy’s tortured flashbacks and overwhelming feelings of survivor guilt. An unforgettable audiobook for older teens and adults. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “It will not disappoint her legion of fans…Anderson really does know how to write a story that will resonate with teens.”

    School Library Journal

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • Longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award
  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014
  • A 2014 New York Times Book Review Notable Book for Young Adults
  • A 2014 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Young Adults
  • A 2014 School Library Journal Best Book for Young Adults
  • Nominated for the 2015 Audie Award for Teen Fiction

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About the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson, New York Times bestselling author, writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous American Library Association and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains also made the Carnegie Medal shortlist in the United Kingdom. She lives in northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. She and her husband, Scot, plus their menagerie of critters, enjoy country living and time in the woods. When not writing or hanging out with her family, you can find her training for marathons or trying to coax tomatoes out of the rocky soil in her backyard.

About the Narrators

Julia Whelan, winner of numerous Earphones Awards, won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Romance Narration in 2013 and has also been a finalist for an Audie Award in other years. She was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of 2010, and two of her audio narrations were shortlisted for the American Library Association’s notable recordings of 2010. Her narration of Jandy Nelson’s The Sky Is Everywhere earned a place in the first round of 2011 Grammy nominations for Best Spoken Word Album. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows, most notably ABC’s Once and Again. After receiving her college degree, she returned to the film industry and is also a writer.

Luke Daniels, winner of sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and a finalist for the Audie Award for best narration, is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction. His background is in classical theater and film, and he has performed at repertory theaters around the country.