Holiday Giveaway by Pitch Wars Mentor, Karen Fortunati

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GIVEAWAY: The Weight of Zero (Delacorte/Penguin Random House) by Karen Fortunati

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Seventeen-year-old Catherine Pulaski knows Zero is coming for her. Zero, the devastating depression born of Catherine’s bipolar disease, has almost triumphed once, propelling Catherine to her first suicide attempt. With Zero only temporarily restrained by the latest med du jour, time is running out. In an old ballet shoebox, Catherine stockpiles medications, preparing to take her own life.

But Zero’s return is delayed due to unexpected and meaningful relationships that lessen Catherine’s sense of isolation. These relationships along with the care of a gifted psychiatrist alter Catherine’s perception of her diagnosis as a death sentence. This is a story of loss and grief and hope and how the many shapes of love – maternal, romantic and platonic – impact a young woman’s struggle with mental illness.

Recognition: 

A SUMMER/FALL 2016 INDIES INTRODUCE SELECTION | FEATURED IN SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE | ONE OF  APPLE’S  25 BEST BOOKS OF OCTOBER  | THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY’S 50 BEST BOOKS FOR TEENS 2016

Available: 

AMAZON | BARNES AND NOBLE | INDIEBOUND

 

Karen Fortunati

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Karen is a former attorney, whose personal experiences witnessing the impact of depression and suicide inspired her to write this story of hope for those who struggle with mental illness. She lives in Connecticut with her family and rescue dogs and in addition to writing, works part time as a museum educator.  Her next book, THE ARC OF A BULLET, comes out in 2018.

 

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Author: Heather Cashman

With a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, the lab reports always lacked the fantastical element Heather's imagination demands. Hypotheses turned into taglines and novels, so she's going back to college for a Creative Writing degree. Her novels range from Epic Fantasy to Contemporary Speculative Fiction, she dabbles in picture books, and is currently seeking representation. ~Member SCBWI

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