Before We Go: A Novel

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Visiting her dying grandmother in hospital is not what 17 year old Emily wants to be doing for New Year's Eve, but it's not like she has anything else to do. Leaving the hospital, she meets a teen-aged boy named Alex, who is also leaving. When he invites her to go for a burger with him and his sister, she goes along. What Emily doesn't know is that Alex, too, is dying, their meeting is not a coincidence, and she is in for a New Year's Eve unlike any other.

Before We Go is the moving story of three kids propelled toward a surprising future by family secrets that have spanned generations.

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Amy Bright is an essayist, short story writer, and blogger who has lived in Alberta, British Columbia, California, and Florida. She currently lives in Lethbridge, Alberta. She received her BA from Mount Allison University, New Brunswick and her MA from the University of Victoria, BC. Her academic work can be found in the Journal of Children's Literature and Studies in Canadian Literature. Before We Go is Amy's debut novel.

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"Sometimes I want to hit Alex in the shoulder like I used to. With mythumb over my knuckles the way they taught us in gym class. I know theplace where you can hit people that's sort of in between the muscles.It really hurts.
Stuff like that's a game because he's my brother. I mean, I hit himnow and then maybe at dinner he says something at the table like, "HeyMom and Dad, Lucy didn't go to school today" and then we'll be evenuntil next time.
We kind of lost that. It's gone because of the bruises and thenosebleeds that he gets when something happens like normal only hisbody thinks he's dying. So I stick out my tongue instead. Alex looks atthe TV and loses his smile because he knows it's missing, our usual backand forth."

 

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