Life at the Speed of Us

By Heather Sappenfield

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Silence is safe. Fate is not. When Sovern Briggs survives a car crash, she stops talking in order to seal in the memory of the final sounds of her mother’s life. As conflict with her father builds and failure in school looms, Sovern seeks relief in a dangerous boyfriend and in speed’s adrenaline edge. These needs collide, leading Sovern to a snowboarding accident that changes her future . . . and perhaps that of our universe. Life at the Speed of Us weaves dyslexia, math, cutting-edge science, genius, and love into a young woman’s reluctant journey toward grace.

About the Author(s)

Heather Sappenfield (Vail, CO) received an MFA from Pacific University. She has written for The Writer's Chronicle, Mountain Flyer Magazine, and Mountain House and Home. Her fiction has appeared in Meridian, Shenandoah, Limestone, and Tampa Review. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has been a finalist for the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award, the St. Lawrence Book Award, the Doris Bakwin Prize, and the Flannery O'Connor Award.

  • Paperback ISBN: 9780738747309
  • Reading Age: from 12 to 18 years
  • Interest Age: from 12 to 18 years
  • Paperback dimensions: 5.25 x 8 in
  • Publication date: Jan 08, 2016
  • Rights/Sales territory: Worldwide
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Lexile: 720L
  • Imprint: Flux
  • Subjects:
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Disabilities & Special Needs
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Science Fiction / General

Reviews of Life at the Speed of Us:

"It is intriguing to find quantum mechanics blended into a coming-of-age story ... that is rich in sensory detail and filled with dynamic characters." —VOYA

"This spell-binding read will keep you turning pages." —The Examiner

Awards received by Life at the Speed of Us:

2017 Colorado Book Award finalist: Young Adult Literature

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