Dear Zoe by Phillip Beard

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Philip Beard’s stunning debut novel is fifteen-year-old Tess DeNunzio’s letter to her sister, Zoe, lost to a hit-and-run driver on a day when it seemed that nothing mattered but the tragedies playing out in New York and Washington. Dear Zoe is a remarkable study of grief, adolescence, and healing with a pitch-perfect narrator who is at once sharp and naïve, world- worried and self-centered, funny and heartbreakingly honest. Tess begins her letter to Zoe as a means of figuring out her own life, her place in the world, but the result is a novel of rare power and grace that tells us much about ours. BACKCOVER: “Like The Lovely Bones, [Dear Zoe] is a piercing look at how family recovers from a devastating loss. Everything about this moving, powerful debut rings true.”
Booklist (starred review)

“Beard peels away the layers of his protagonist’s anguish simply and sensitively. . . and creates real, multidimensional and affecting characters.”
The Washington Post

“The whole novel . . . rings with truth.”
The Buffalo News

About Phillip Beard

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PHILIP BEARD is a writer and attorney. This is his first novel.
Published April 25, 2006 by Plume. 208 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Self Help. Fiction

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but after Tess discovers that her mother has been flirting with another man to relieve her own sorrow, Tess leaves her middle-class home to stay with her birth father in his run-down neighborhood.

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As the summer unfolds and leads up to the one-year anniversary of Zoe's death, Tess slowly comes to terms with her feelings of grief and guilt.

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