The Fall of Lisa Bellow (Hardcover)

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A brilliantly executed psychological portrait of Meredith, a teenager left behind on the floor at the Sandwich Shop when a robber/gunman takes Lisa, the middle school’s queen bee popular girl. She subsequently descends into a new-found surreality of post-trauma popularity and experiences an alternate reality where she was also taken and is surviving with Lisa. This is also a brilliant characterization of Meredith’s mother’s internal emotional life, pre and post trauma. — Jon Fine

March 2017 Indie Next List


“I was surprised by the lasting impact of this novel. Though it speaks to a horrible crime, it is not the crime that becomes the plot, but rather the crime's impact. This book is an intimate look at adolescence - of how gritty and hard it can be. Through Meredith's eyes, we are reminded of the tug-of-war between needing family and needing independence, the way that friendship and loyalty can get lost in the status wars of high-school cliques, and how innocence and wisdom twist together to leave behind something much more complex. I loved this book for its intimacy rather than its sensationalism.”
— Susan McCloskey, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

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The breakout novel from the critically acclaimed author of the short story collections Who I Was Supposed to Be and Why They Run the Way They Do--when a middle school girl is abducted in broad daylight, a fellow student and witness to the crime copes with the tragedy in an unforgettable way.

What happens to the girl left behind?

A masked man with a gun enters a sandwich shop in broad daylight, and Meredith Oliver suddenly finds herself ordered to the filthy floor, where she cowers face to face with her nemesis, Lisa Bellow, the most popular girl in her eighth grade class. The minutes tick inexorably by, and Meredith lurches between comforting the sobbing Lisa and imagining her own impending death. Then the man orders Lisa Bellow to stand and come with him, leaving Meredith the girl left behind.

After Lisa's abduction, Meredith spends most days in her room. As the community stages vigils and searches, Claire, Meredith's mother, is torn between relief that her daughter is alive, and helplessness over her inability to protect or even comfort her child. Her daughter is here, but not.

Like Everything I Never Told You and Room, The Fall of Lisa Bellow is edgy and original, a hair-raising exploration of the ripple effects of an unthinkable crime. It is a dark, beautifully rendered, and gripping novel about coping, about coming-of-age, and about forgiveness. It is also a beautiful illustration of how one family, broken by tragedy, finds healing.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781476761466
ISBN-10: 1476761469
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: March 14th, 2017
Pages: 352
Language: English
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