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After her parents’ bitter divorce, family vacations to the Big Island in Hawaii ceased. But across the miles, eighteen-year-old Tegan Rossi remains connected to local Kai Kapule, her best friend from childhood. Now, Tegan finds herself alone and confused about how she got to the Big Island. With no wallet, no cell phone, purse, or plane ticket, Tegan struggles to piece together what happened. She must have come to surprise-visit Kai. Right?
"Dallas Woodburn…shows real maturity about the complexities of relationships of all kinds, and she doesn’t shirk from the painful experiences of her characters. Even so, the writing is so lively and the scenes so engaging that the reader gets to move fluidly between heft and lightness. A terrific debut!" –Aimee Bender, national bestselling author
"Dallas Woodburn writes with rare insight and compassion about the aching glory of being young." –Hilma Wolitzer, author of An Available Man
“A poignant and gripping heart-tug of a page-turner filled with heart and hope. I couldn’t put it down. Magic.” —Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe
Dallas Woodburn is a recent John Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing at San Jose State University and a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee. She won first place in the international Glass Woman Prize and second place in the American Fiction Prize. Her short stories have appeared in Cicada, ZYZZYVA, The Nashville Review, Fourth River, and Monkeybicycle, among many others, and her short stories have won the Cypress & Pine Short Fiction Award. Woodburn has published more than eighty articles and essays in national markets including The Los Angeles Times, Family Circle, Writer’s Digest, Modern Loss, Justine, and two-dozen Chicken Soup for the Soul titles. Woodburn received her MFA in Fiction Writing from Purdue University and her BA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. She is also the founder of Write On! Books (www.writeonbooks.org), an organization empowering youth through reading and writing endeavors.
Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of the novel A River of Stars and a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities. For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the Asian diaspora. She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, as well as honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post.