Herself When She's Missing: A Novel

Herself When She's Missing: A Novel

by Sarah Terez Rosenblum


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Cry Wolf saved Andrea's life, or that's how she likes to tell it. Forever in search of spiritual fulfillment, Andrea has rejected everything from religion to eating disorders, in favor of "I'm-with-the-band" style fanaticism, all centered on Cry Wolf, a brother-sister folk/rock duo with an eccentric hodgepodge of followers. When Andrea meets fellow groupie Jordan outside a concert, their connection is undeniable: Jordan is powerfully seductive, and Andrea is intrigued by Jordan’s lawless ways. Their romance escalates as they follow Cry Wolf around the country, but as Jordan becomes increasingly manipulative and unreliable, Andrea begins to realize that her passion for Jordan has turned into yet another addiction. The first time Jordan leaves her, Andrea flees Los Angeles for Chicago, almost relieved, and almost ready to start fresh. But when Jordan arrives unannounced on Andrea’s doorstep, Andrea can’t help it; she’s thrilled.

Meet Andrea: tightly wound, mid-20s, teacher, hotter than she gives herself credit for, less clever than she believes.

Meet Jordan: LA-skinny, ocean eyes, early-40s, perpetual undergraduate student, a liar who believes her own lies.

Post-modern in form (lists, 3x5 cards, even the occasional screenplay), but classical in theme: a tale of a girl desperate for something like, but not quite love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593764371
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 06/05/2012
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sarah Terez Rosenblum’s debut novel, Herself When She's Missing, was called “poetic and heartrending" by Booklist. She has written for publications and sites including Salon, The Chicago Sun Times, XOJane, afterellen.com, Curve Magazine, and Pop Matters. Her fiction and creative nonfiction has appeared in literary magazines such as The Satirist, Third Coast, and Brevity. She was shortlisted for Zoetrope All Story’s 2016 Short Fiction Contest, receiving an honorable mention. She has been nominated for a Pushcart, and was runner up for Prairie Schooner's 2019 Creative Nonfiction Contest. Her work can be found in Prairie Schooner's Summer 2020 issue. In 2014, she founded the Truth or Lie Live Lit Series. Sarah is a creative coach and teaches Creative Writing at Story Studio, and The University of Chicago Writer's Studio.

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