Simon and Schuster
On Sale: February 7, 2017
Featuring: Mary Zelinsky; Billy Marvin; Alf
Hardcover / e-Book
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Young Adult Contemporary | Young Adult Adventure
Until May 1987, fourteen-year-old Billy Marvin of Wetbridge,
New Jersey, is a nerd, but a decidedly happy nerd.
Afternoons are spent with his buddies, watching copious
amounts of television, gorging on Pop-Tarts, debating who
would win in a brawl (Rocky Balboa or Freddy Krueger? Bruce
Springsteen or Billy Joel? Magnum P.I. Or T.J. Hooker?), and
programming video games on his Commodore 64 late into the
night. Then Playboy magazine publishes photos of
Wheel of Fortune hostess Vanna White, Billy meets
expert programmer Mary Zelinsky, and everything changes.
A love letter to the 1980s, to the dawn of the computer age,
and to adolescence—a time when anything feels
possible—The Impossible Fortress will make you laugh,
make you cry, and make you remember in exquisite detail what
it feels like to love something—or someone—for the very
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