OF THINGS NOT SEEN
Genre: YA / Mystery / Suspense
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Date of Publication: December 16, 2015
Number of Pages: 240
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Tommy Smythe is missing.
Fact: Tommy was good at physics and less good at basic human interactions.
Fact: Tommy recorded his thoughts and observations in a notebook.
Fact: Tommy believed in the existence of parallel universes.
Fact: Tommy was adopted.
The facts are simple. The conclusions to be drawn from the facts are not simple. Did he run away to find his birth parents? Did he slip through a wormhole and enter one of the multiple universes he believed in? Did he simply wander off?
Only one thing is certain: until a possibility is proven true, all possibilities exist.
Told through multiple perspectives, here is a story about how residents of a small town seek answers to the mystery of a teen’s disappearance.
PRAISE FOR EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN:
“In her first novel for teens, Lane offers a gripping and genre bending mosaic.” – Publishers Weekly
“Complex and Rich” – Horn Book
“This is the kind of book you tuck in with and escape into, and it will stay with you long after you finish the last lines. Haunting and beautiful.” – Jennifer Mathieu, author of The Truth About Alice, Devoted, and Afterward
“The narrative jiggers between unexpected opposites—joy and fear, love and violence, grief and hope—all the while holding forth the constant idea that the world offers us credible evidence of what seems impossible if we only know where to look.” J.L. Powers, author of Amina, This Thing Called The Future, and the forthcoming Broken Circle
“Ever look at a pearl and notice that its one color is, in fact, many colors? That’s the beauty of EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN, the stunning debut novel by Lindsey Lane.” – Conrad Wesselhoeft, author of Adios Nirvana, Dirt Bikes, Drones and Other Ways To Fly
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“Sometimes, there are people out there who are invisible even when we see them.”
Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane is a series of one-sided interviews, reflections, and note pages that interconnect and tell a unique and touching story of a genius high school boy who seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth, or into another dimension, or something. While some of the chapters may appear to be disjointed or unconnected, they are not. The thread (the mysterious disappearance of Tommy) that weaves throughout the book is sometimes thin and sometimes thick and all the time thought provoking and intriguing.
The main aspect I gained from this delightful book is that no matter how significant or insignificant, we touch other’s lives, and the web of connections we weave (sometimes unknowingly) is both complex and a bit frightening.
With its title and major theme of particle physics, the book intertwines the mystery of faith and the complexity of science and all the spaces in between. However, this story is ultimately about the human condition and how we act and react to each other as we muddle through life. The impact of Tommy’s literal viewpoint and strange disappearance is profound, frustrating, and completely heartbreaking.
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Lindsey Lane is the author of the young adult novel Evidence of Things Not Seen (Farrar Straus Giroux) and the award-winning picture book and iTunes app Snuggle Mountain (Clarion/PicPocket Books). She is represented by Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Before she received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2010, Lindsey was a features journalist (Austin Chronicle and Austin American Statesman) and an award-winning playwright (The Miracle of Washing Dishes). Lindsey is a featured presenter at schools and conferences and universities and also teaches writing at Austin Community College, Writers League of Texas, and the Writing Barn. She lives in Austin, Texas but loves to travel, especially to the ocean. She loves books, films, good food and her cadre of dear friends. Her idea of a perfect evening is having a dinner party at her home with friends from around the world and discussing everything under the sun while eating, drinking, and laughing.
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