A Night Twice as Longby Andrew Simonet
Published by: Farrar Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication date: June 1st 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
What do you call the difference between what you should feel and what you do feel? Life?
The blackout has been going on for three weeks. But Alex feels like she’s been living in the dark for a year, ever since her brother, who has autism, was removed from the house, something Alex blames herself for. So when her best friend, Anthony, asks her to trek to another town to figure out the truth about the blackout, Alex says yes.
On a journey that ultimately takes all day and night, Alex’s relationships with Anthony, her brother, and herself will transform in ways that change them all forever.
In this honest and gripping young adult novel, Andrew Simonet spins a propulsive tale about what it means to turn on the lights and look at what’s real.
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Andrew Simonet
1.) I took my first dance class at age nineteen and decided that week to devote my life to dance.
2.) I was struck by lightning when I was in high school.
3.) I think my narrator is a better sibling to her autistic brother than I am to my autistic brother.
4.) I made a performance called PUSHER in which we sold a dance to strangers on the street like drugs.
5.) The US Women’s National Soccer Team is my favorite team in any sport.
6.) I can’t whistle. You think you can teach me, but you can’t. Many, many people have tried. OK, fine. Yes, I’m putting my tongue on the roof of my mouth. Yes, it’s lightly touching my teeth. Thhhhhhuuuu. See. Can’t whistle.
7.) I often think people are lying about insignificant things, things that won’t even benefit them. Someone recently told me, “I used to be addicted to watching game shows.” And based purely on their energy and voice and rhythm, I thought: That’s a lie. And what an odd, interesting lie, no?
8.) I put kosher salt on my chocolate chip cookies when they are still hot from the oven.
9.) I sleep a lot, 10-11 hours per night when possible. I learned a dream technique as a child prone to nightmares: When something frightens or harms me in a dream, I knock it out and then bring it back as something that supports me. (This is based on the idea that everything in my dream is a part of me.) I’m rather certain this has done more for my emotional and spiritual growth than anything in my waking life.
10.) My mother wanted to name me André, but my father thought I would get bullied. I got bullied anyway. I wish I was named André.
10+1) I am immune to poison ivy.
ABOUT the AUTHOR:
Andrew Simonet is a choreographer and writer in Philadelphia. His first novel, Wilder, published in 2018. He co-directed Headlong Dance Theater for twenty years and founded Artists U, an incubator for helping artists make sustainable lives. He lives in West Philadelphia with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two sons, Jesse Tiger and Nico Wolf.
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