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Indies Introduce New Voices picks UNDERWATER!

underwater-coverI’m delighted to share the news that Marisa Reichardt’s debut YA novel Underwater (FSG, January 2016) has been selected for the Winter/Spring 2016 Indies Introduce New Voices list! From the American Booksellers Association website, “The crop of Winter/Spring Indies Introduce titles include adult fiction and nonfiction, middle grade, and YA publishing between January and June 2016, chosen by panels of booksellers from across the U.S. as the top upcoming debuts.” Bookseller Will Walton of Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA, said, “This book, called UNDERWATER, has actual resuscitative powers.”

Thank you, indie booksellers! We also received a lovely blurb for bookseller Kaitlin Mills at Joseph Beth in Kentucky, who called Underwater “A flawless, honest, heartbreaking, and heartwarming book! Once I started reading this, I literally could not put it down. I cannot praise this book highly enough for how it handled its difficult subjects and themes. I wanted to cry for and cheer for these characters from the beginning to the end.”

To pre-order your copy, check it out on IndieBound, or your favorite bookstore.

Morgan didn’t mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something “right.” But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive-first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then, herself. But Morgan can’t move on. She can’t even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school. When it seems Morgan can’t hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air and the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside. “Underwater” is a powerful, hopeful debut novel about redemption, recovery, and finding the strength it takes to face your past and move on.