Join us as we welcome Tracy Clark, who will be reading from and signing her new book, Mirage (HMH Books, 2016). Booklist Review says, "Readers will be easily swept along in this fast-paced thriller, unsure whether Ryan's narration will reveal that she is supernaturally possessed or insane."
ABOUT THE BOOK
Seventeen-year-old Ryan Poitier Sharpe is a gutsy, outgoing girl who spends her summer days hurling herself out of planes at her parents’ skydiving center in the Mojave Desert. Fiercely independent and willing to take risks, she challenges those around her to live life fully. But after a brush with death, Ryan is severely altered—she’s not the same thrill-seeking girl she once was and seems to be teetering on the edge of psychosis. As her relationships crumble and her life unravels, Ryan must fight the girl she’s become—or lose herself forever—in this eerie and atmospheric thriller.
"Evocative and lyrical. Clark's vivid prose and ratcheting tension will pull you into Ryan's full-sensory free fall, both from reality and the person she believes herself to be. A riveting look at the line between risk and destiny."—Stephanie Kuehn, Morris Award-winning author of Charm & Strange
"For Ryan, life is a rush. The surge of adrenaline as she falls backward out of a plane, playing a game of brinkmanship with her chute. Pressing her body against her boyfriend's while on the back of his motorcycle. Ryan thirsted for every drop of life until the moment she looked in the mirror and saw a stranger peering back through her eyes. Soon the stranger is inescapable, captured in Ryan's reflection. During an ill-advised LSD trip, Ryan lunges through a mirror, surrendering at last to the stranger. Everything changes. Passionate, wild Ryan seems to have disappeared, leaving behind an empty shell of a person. Readers will be easily swept along in this fast-paced thriller, unsure whether Ryan's narration will reveal that she is supernaturally possessed or insane. Ryan is mixed race, with a white father suffering from PTSD and a black mother from the Caribbean, which brings some interesting cultural conflict into the mix. Highly recommended for fans of Catherine Linka's A Girl Called Fearless (2014) or Cori McCarthy's You Were Here (2016)."—Diane Colson, Booklist Review
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tracy grew up a “Valley Girl” in Southern California but now calls Nevada home. Her two children teach her the art of distraction and are a continuous source of great dialogue. While being mouthy has gotten her into trouble at times, she’s happy to give characters the freedom to be as mouthy as they need to be. Tracy is a mom, a private pilot, and an irredeemable dreamer. www.tracyclark.org