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The Serpent King
by Jeff Zentner


Overview - Named to ten BEST OF THE YEAR lists and selected as a William C. Morris Award Winner, The Serpent King is the critically acclaimed, much-beloved story of three teens who find themselves--and each other--while on the cusp of graduating from high school with hopes of leaving their small-town behind.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Named to ten BEST OF THE YEAR lists and selected as a William C. Morris Award Winner, The Serpent King is the critically acclaimed, much-beloved story of three teens who find themselves--and each other--while on the cusp of graduating from high school with hopes of leaving their small-town behind.
"Move over, John Green; Zentner is coming for you." --The New York Public Library
"Will fill the infinite space that was left in your chest after you finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower." --BookRiot.com

Dill isn't the most popular kid at his rural Tennessee high school. After his father fell from grace in a public scandal that reverberated throughout their small town, Dill became a target. Fortunately, his two fellow misfits and best friends, Travis and Lydia, have his back.
But as they begin their senior year, Dill feels the coils of his future tightening around him. His only escapes are music and his secret feelings for Lydia--neither of which he is brave enough to share. Graduation feels more like an ending to Dill than a beginning. But even before then, he must cope with another ending--one that will rock his life to the core.
Debut novelist Jeff Zentner provides an unblinking and at times comic view of the hard realities of growing up in the Bible belt, and an intimate look at the struggles to find one's true self in the wreckage of the past.
"A story about friendship, family and forgiveness, it's as funny and witty as it is utterly heartbreaking." --PasteMagazine.com

"A brutally honest portrayal of teen life . . . and] a love letter to the South from a man who really understands it." --Mashable.com
"I adored all three of these characters and the way they talked to and loved one another."--New York Times

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780553524024
  • ISBN-10: 055352402X
  • Publisher: Book Depot
  • Publish Date: May 2017

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-12-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

Forrestville, Tenn., named after Ku Klux Klan founder Nathan Bedford Forrest, isnt exactly a welcome place for slightly ouside-the-mainstream folks like friends Dillard, Lydia, and Travis. Dill is a high school senior whose snake-handling preacher father is currently incarcerated; Lydia, a successful fashion blogger, plans on attending NYU after graduation; and Travis, large of body and gentle of soul, loses himself (and the pain of his fathers physical and emotional abuse) in a fantasy series called Bloodfall. While Dill finds comfort and beauty in music, Traviss innate kindness belies his circumstances, and Lydias incandescent, gleefully offbeat personality draws them together. As the novel, Zentners debut, builds to a shocking act of violence that shatters the friends world, this sepia-toned portrait of small-town life serves as a moving testament to love, loyalty, faith, and reaching through the darkness to find light and hope. Zentner explores difficult themes head onincluding the desire to escape the sins of the father and the fragility of happinesswhile tempering them with the saving grace of enduring friendship. Ages 14up. Agent: Charlie Olsen, Inkwell Management. (Mar.)

 
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