Seventh Street Books
On Sale: July 8, 2014
Featuring: Amelia Emmet; Nathaniel Barber
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For Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a
research topic--until a student she'd never met shot her.
He also shot himself. Now he's dead and she's back on
campus, trying to keep up with her class schedule, a growing
problem with painkillers, and a question she can't let go: Why?
All she wants is for life to get back to normal, but normal
is looking hard to come by. She's thirty-eight and hobbles
with a cane. Her first student interaction ends in tears
(hers). Her fellow faculty members seem uncomfortable with
her, and her ex--whom she may or may not still love--has
Enter Nathaniel Barber, a graduate student obsessed with
Chicago's violent history. Nath is a serious scholar, but
also a serious mess about his first heartbreak, his mother's
death, and his father's disapproval. Assigned as Amelia's
teaching assistant, Nath also takes on the investigative
legwork that Amelia can't do. And meanwhile, he's hoping
she'll approve his dissertation topic, the reason he came to
grad school in the first place: the student attack on Amelia
Together and at cross-purposes, Amelia and Nathaniel stumble
toward a truth that will explain the attack and take them
both through the darkest hours of their lives.
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