Leap

Leap a heartfelt coming of age story worth a read Rowan grows and learns in one summer than a lot of us do in years which is what made Leap an enjoyable read Liberty Press June Summer Rowan Mark

  • Title: Leap
  • Author: Z. Egloff
  • ISBN: 9781612940236
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Paperback
  • a heartfelt coming of age story worth a read Rowan grows and learns in one summer than a lot of us do in years, which is what made Leap an enjoyable read Liberty Press, June 2013Summer 1979 Rowan Marks is done with high school Next comes college But in between there s a yawning gulf the last carefree summer vacation.Rowan s older brother Ben is smoking too a heartfelt coming of age story worth a read Rowan grows and learns in one summer than a lot of us do in years, which is what made Leap an enjoyable read Liberty Press, June 2013Summer 1979 Rowan Marks is done with high school Next comes college But in between there s a yawning gulf the last carefree summer vacation.Rowan s older brother Ben is smoking too much dope Her best friend Danny is in love with her And Catherine, the new girl in their small Ohio town, rubs her the wrong way But that s OK Rowan can deal with it.Just when she thinks she s got it all worked out, everything turns on its head Catherine steals her heart, Danny falls out with her, and when Ben crashes the family car, the family secrets come tumbling out.All of a sudden, Rowan has a stark choice is she going to grow up or give up Z Egloff is an exciting new talent Leap is an accomplished follow up to her first novel, Verge, which won the Bywater Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award.Praise for Z Egloff s debut novel, Verge Verge has heart and wit and intelligence Emma Donoghue, author of Room Verge is powerful, quirky, and fresh Z Egloff creates a rich, inclusive world and a heroine who s one of the most endearingly fallible characters I ve met in a long time Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home With Verge, Z Egloff enters the ring of fiction with the assurance of an old hand This is a talented writer Carol Anshaw, author of Aquamarine

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  • Z. Egloff

    Z Egloff was born in California, raised in the Midwest, and schooled academically and otherwise on the East Coast At Amherst College, where she received a B.A in English, her mentor was David Sofield He encouraged her writing but she abandoned the pursuit post college she had yet to find her voice Z spent the next decade running a small farm in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, driving a tractor and plucking weeds At age thirty, ready for something different and less physically taxing, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue a Masters in Psychology After completing her MA, she worked as a counselor and case manager with high risk teenagers All of these experiences, though interesting and rewarding, failed to fully satisfy It wasn t until she began writing fiction age 39 that she knew she had found her vocation Within one year after this discovery, she reduced her hours with the Sonoma County Public Health Department and committed to writing four hours a day, seven days a week Her debut novel, Verge, was awarded the Bywater Prize for Fiction in May of 2008 She is continually amazed that she has stumbled upon such a rich and compelling endeavor.

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  • Ok. First things first: I don't think this review is going to be objective. I just finished this book and I still feel completely loaded, you know?So, moving on, the plot can seem pretty simple a first - plain, even. It's Rowan's last summer before she goes to college in Boston. The year is 1979 and the place is a small town in the Midwest. Sounds simple, doesn't it? But it's not. Everything changes for Rowan in this summer - in all aspects. This book, to summarize, is a big tangle of fallen ido [...]


  • A Hefty Slice of Excellent Writing!Z Egloff is so fine a writer that the reader venturing into her yard is a bit wary that at some point in this outrageously fine novel she is going to miss a step. She doesn't. She has that uncanny ability to write with polished wit while at the same time introducing us to some completely three-dimensional characters and taking us by the hand as she pulls us through that rare time in life between graduating form highschool and entering college, that time when ev [...]


  • I am guilty of judging this book by its cover. I though it'd be one of those quirky, poorly written ya lesbian novels churned out without much editing or consideration. it wasn't. Z. Egloff is a great writer; I was totally off-base. in Leap, a historical fiction novel set in rural Ohio in the 1970s, she paints a vivid picture of what first love — and heartbreak — is like, and her skill at drawing out emotions is intense. reading this novel threw me back into high school for hours after turni [...]



  • As a coming of age story with a pretty simple plot line, I appreciated the unusual quirks of characters. It felt like the author enjoyed writing the story.


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