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New Book from MFAC faculty Nina LaCour


We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication date: February 14, 2017
Young Adult Novel, 240 pages

Order the book: Penguin Random House 
Author Site: ninalacour.com
Q & A with Nina LaCour: read it at Publishers Weekly



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.



An elegantly crafted paean to the cleansing power of truth.
Kirkus Review, starred review (full)

LaCour paints a captivating depiction of loss, bewilderment, and emotional paralysis.... raw and beautiful.”
Bookliststarred review

Beautifully crafted.... A quietly moving, potent novel.
—School Library Journal, starred review

A moving portrait of a girl struggling to rebound after everything she’s known has been thrown into disarray.
—Publishers Weekly, starred review

A beautiful, devastating piece of art.... The title hints at a happy ending, but the journey toward it passes through some of the darkest corners of the heart. Be prepared to be gutted—and grateful. We Are Okay is an extraordinary work by an author who keeps redefining and elevating her genre. 

A quietly moving, potent novel that will appeal to teens, especially fans of Laurie Halse Anderson and Sara Zarr.
Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal                       

Nina LaCour treats her emotions so beautifully and with such empathy. Of course, we'd expect nothing less from the stunning LaCour.



Nina LaCour is the author of three other critically acclaimed young adult novels published by Dutton Books: Hold StillThe Disenchantments, and Everything Leads to You. You Know Me Well was written in collaboration with David Levithan, and published by St. Martin's Griffin in 2016.

The cofounder of Write Teen, a series of YA writing classes, Nina has tutored, taught, and guest lectured in various places, including Berkeley City College, Maybeck High School, Stanford University, and Mills College, where she received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2006. 

Her novels have been Junior Library Guild selections, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, and have appeared on many state and regional lists. Nina won the 2009 Northern California Book Award for Children’s Literature, was featured in Publishers Weekly as a Flying Starts Author, and was a finalist for the William C. Morris award.

She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her wife, photographer Kristyn Stroble, and their daughter.

Author Site: ninalacour.com 
Connect with Nina on Facebook at @ninlacourfans
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