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Event with author Pamela Erens
Wednesday, July 14 — 6:30 pm

This is an in-person offsite event.
Please email erenswriter@gmail.com for more details and to RSVP for this event.

It’s 1970’s Chicago. Eleven-year-old Matasha Wax is in the sixth grade and just starting to feel the pressures of growing up. Her best friend Jean has been blowing her off, while her parents are in a standoff over her mother’s desire to adopt a refugee from Vietnam. And while the bullies in school have started to grow breasts and inches, Matasha remains a puny four-foot-four – which means she will need growth hormone shots, and she is terrified of needles. Apart from her daily reading of the advice columns in the newspaper, keeping up with the Patty Hearst and Watergate scandals, and tracking her parents’ deteriorating marriage, Matasha is fixated by the story of Martin Kimmel, a nine-year-old boy who disappeared a few months ago, and whose body has yet to be found. But none of these ongoing problems could have prepared Matasha for her mother’s sudden disappearance. When the letters start coming from Switzerland, she knows something is very, very wrong – but no one will tell her what’s going on, so Matasha has to figure it all out for herself. A tale of growing up and growing apart, Matasha is a poignant look at resilience in the face of adolescent loneliness, divorce, bullying and slow development. Pamela Erens has crafted an intimate novel for readers who loved My Jasper June by Laurel Snyder, The Line Tender by Kate Allen, and Some Places More Than Others by Renee Watson.