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Picture Us In the Light
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Picture Us In the Light
When Danny discovers a taped-up box in his father's closet filled with old letters and a file on a powerful Silicon Valley family, he realizes there's much more to his family's past than he ever...
When Danny discovers a taped-up box in his father's closet filled with old letters and a file on a powerful Silicon Valley family, he realizes there's much more to his family's past than he ever...
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  • When Danny discovers a taped-up box in his father's closet filled with old letters and a file on a powerful Silicon Valley family, he realizes there's much more to his family's past than he ever imagined. Danny has been an artist for as long as he can remember, and it seems his path is set, with a scholarship to RISD and his family's blessing to pursue the career he's always dreamed of. Still, contemplating a future without his best friend, Harry Wong, by his side makes Danny feel a panic he can barely put into words. Harry and Danny's lives are deeply intertwined, and as they approach the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that shook their friend group to its core, Danny can't stop asking himself if Harry is truly in love with his girlfriend, Regina Chan. When Danny digs deeper into his parents' past, he uncovers a secret that disturbs the foundations of his family history, and the carefully constructed façade his parents have maintained begins to crumble. With everything he loves in danger of being stripped away, he must face the ghosts of the past in order to build a future that belongs to him.

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  • Kelly Loy Gilbert is an experienced author who believes in utilizing the power of stories to illuminate shared humanity and give voice to complex, broken people. The author of Conviction, a William C. Morris Award finalist, she currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, visit kellyloygilbert.com.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from February 12, 2018
    It’s easy to pigeonhole books: this one’s an immigrant story, this will appeal to readers who have lost someone to suicide, here’s a doomed love story, and so on. Gilbert (Conviction) includes all these elements and more in this novel, masterfully negotiating plot twists and revelations while keeping the focus on her characters. Danny Cheng is an artist and one of the least wealthy kids at Silicon Valley High School; when he gets a full scholarship to RISD, he pictures his “whole life radiating like a sunbeam out from this one point.” But the sunbeam is shadowed by the guilt and grief that Danny, his best friend Harry, and Harry’s girlfriend feel about their friend Sandra’s death, and it fades entirely when his father’s job loss forces the family to move. The move dredges up secrets that Danny’s Chinese immigrant parents have been keeping and even threatens his college future. And the love story? It’s there too, in the interstices, another secret that Gilbert handles subtly and surprisingly. Ages 14–up. Agent: Adriann Ranta Zurhellen, Foundry Literary.

  • AudioFile Magazine James Chen's narration captures the life-changing school year of Danny Cheng--a Chinese-American teen who is living in Cupertino, California. Danny is overflowing with both youthful optimism and the anxiety of his upcoming high school graduation. Like most teens, Danny sees his friends as his world. Chen's heartfelt narration will make listeners feel a part of his group of overachieving teens who are still reeling from a past traumatic event. When Danny's parents uproot him, he goes searching for family secrets and confides in his best friend, Harry. Chen highlights the unspoken feelings and moments that define their slowly changing friendship. He also captures Danny's secretive but loving immigrant parents and believably delivers the omniscient narrator's depiction of a past best forgotten. J.E.C. � AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine

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