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Author: Nina LaCour Narrator: Jorjeana Marie Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781524749934
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From the award-winning author of Hold Still comes an achingly beautiful novel about grief and the enduring power of friendship.

You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

An intimate whisper that packs an indelible punch, We Are Okay is Nina LaCour at her finest. This gorgeously crafted and achingly honest portrayal of grief will leave you urgent to reach across any distance to reconnect with the people you love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “LaCour conjures a moving portrait of a girl struggling to rebound after everything she’s known has been thrown into disarray.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An elegantly crafted paean to the cleansing power of truth.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “The author’s nuanced and sensitive depiction of the protagonist’s complex and turbulent inner life makes for a rich narrative. Marin is a beautifully crafted character, and her voice is spot-on, conveying isolation, grief, and, eventually, hope. With hauntingly spare prose, the emphasis on the past, and references to gothic tales such as The Turning of the Screw and Jane Eyre, this is realistic fiction edged with the melancholy tinge of a ghost story…A quietly moving, potent novel.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “In the hands of Nina LaCour, the story of a grieving girl and her profound sense of loneliness is bittersweet and hopeful. Marin is not alone, and in this poetic, skillfully crafted story, lonely teens may see it’s possible that they aren’t, either.”

    Shelf Awareness (starred review)

  • “Narrator Jorjeana Marie’s depiction of Marin has a haunted quality—for reasons that become evident as this story unfolds. Marie quickly conveys Marin’s total adoration of her beloved grandfather, who has been her sole caregiver since the age of three. Marie also transitions smoothly between Marin’s memories and her lonely winter break after her first semester of college. Over break, Marin has ignored countless calls and texts from Mabel, her best friend from her youth, who recently became her lover. Marie represents equally well the complex feelings of angry, undaunted Mabel, who refuses these rejections and is determined to understand Marin’s grief. As the author gradually reveals Marin’s heartache and the secrets that emerged after her grandfather’s death, Marie skillfully portrays the deep emotions of both heroines—and, finally, the resilience of enduring love. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “A meditation on surviving grief, We Are Okay is short, poetic, and gorgeously written…The power in this little book is in seeing Marin come out on the other side of loss, able to appreciate a beautiful yellow-glazed pottery bowl and other people’s kindnesses, and to understand that she might one day have a girlfriend and a future. The world LaCour creates is fragile but profoundly humane.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “So lonely and beautiful that I could hardly breathe. This is a perfect book.”

    Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss

  • “As beautiful as the best memories, as sad as the best songs, as hopeful as your best dreams.”

    Siobhan Vivian, author of The Last Boy and Girl in the World

  • “You can feel every peak and valley of Marin’s emotional journey on your skin, in your gut. Beautifully written, heartfelt, and deeply real.”

    Adi Alsaid, author of Never Always Sometimes

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of the 2018 Michael L. Printz Award for Best Young Adult Book

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About the Author

Nina LaCour is the award-winning author of Hold Still, The Disenchantments, and Everything Leads to You, among others. She is a former indie bookseller and high school English teacher.

About the Narrator

Jorjeana Marie has worked extensively as an actress, comedian, writer, and audiobook narrator. Her narrations have earned her several Earphones Awards. She has performed in hundreds of commercials and starred in the pilot Listen to Grandpa, Andy Ling with Elliott Gould. She is a stand-up comic who has opened for Richard Lewis, Louie Anderson, and Kathleen Madigan. Her video game credits include Final Fantasy, Crackdown 2, and Star Guardians. She loves reading so much it gets her into trouble.