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The Chance You Won't Return

Annie Cardi

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ISBN 10: 1480595454 / ISBN 13: 9781480595453
Published by Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, 2014
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Title: The Chance You Won't Return

Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Audio CD

Book Condition: New

Edition: Unabridged.

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When your mom thinks she’s Amelia Earhart, navigating high school, first love, and family secrets is like flying solo without a map.

Driver’s ed and a first crush should be what Alex Winchester is stressed out about in high school—and she is. But what’s really on her mind is her mother. Why is she dressing in Dad’s baggy khaki pants with a silk scarf around her neck? What is she planning when she pores over maps in the middle of the night? When did she stop being Mom and start being Amelia Earhart?

Alex tries to keep her budding love life apart from the growing disaster at home as her mother sinks further into her delusions. But there are those nights, when everyone else is asleep, when it’s easier to confide in Amelia than it ever was to Mom. Now, as Amelia’s flight plans become more intense, Alex is increasingly worried that Amelia is planning her final flight—the flight from which she never returns. What could possibly be driving Mom’s delusions, and how far will they take her?

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Annie Cardi holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. Her short stories have appeared in the Georgetown Review, Vestal Review, and other publications. In 2011, PEN New England selected her as a winner of the Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award for the manuscript that would become The Chance You Won’t Return, her debut novel, about which she says, “I was spending the summer in Chicago with my now husband when the sentence ‘My mother thinks she’s Amelia Earhart’ popped into my head. I wondered who this person could be and what her home life would be like. At first I thought the sentence would turn into a short story, which was largely what I was writing at the time, but it quickly became evident that Alex’s story needed to be longer.” Annie Cardi’s writing is fueled by copious amounts of coffee and chocolate. She lives near Boston with her husband and a portrait of a sea captain.

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