ROMANCING THE DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT: A Novel
By Ann Jacobus
Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Hardcover: 978-1-250-06443-1 / $18.99 USD
eBook: 978-1-466-87050-5 / $9.99 USD
“In her debut novel, Jacobus explores difficult topics including depression, alcoholism, death, and the reckless behavior that can accompany them. As Summer struggles with alcohol dependency and contemplates suicide, readers will grit their teeth in the hope that Moony will win the romantic tug-of-war with Kurt in time to help Summer see the light at the end of the tunnel.” —Publishers Weekly
“Jacobus creates a full picture of wild and wonderful Paris in her debut novel, tinted with an exotic magic realism that adds an extra layer of atmosphere. Recommend to teens who are interested in exploring serious issues, such as suicide and teen alcoholism, or those who prefer their fiction moody and thought-provoking.” —Booklist
“Summer and Moony are believable, flawed, and well-crafted teen protagonists. They each have their own complications and struggles. Many young adults will be able to relate to one or both of these characters. The short chapters will appeal to reluctant readers, and the seamless pacing makes this book hard to put down.” —School Library Journal
ABOUT THE BOOK
Summer Barnes just moved to Paris to repeat her senior year of high school. After being kicked out of four boarding schools, she has to get on the right track or she risks losing her hefty inheritance. Summer is convinced that meeting the right guy will solve everything. She meets two. Moony, a classmate, is recovering against all odds from a serious car accident, and he encourages Summer to embrace life despite how hard it can be to make it through even one day.
But when Summer meets Kurt, a hot, mysterious older man who she just can't shake, he leads her through the creepy underbelly of the city and way out of her depth. When Summer's behavior manages to alienate everyone, even Moony, she's forced to decide if a life so difficult is worth living.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ann Jacobus has lived in Texas, Arkansas, a castle in Austria, Bahrain, Prague, and in the City of Light itself—Paris. There, she spent many happy hours writing in corner cafes, navigating the dark labyrinthine Métro, and hunting for mysteries in museums, monuments, and flea markets. She is currently based in San Francisco, CA, and volunteers weekly at a suicide hotline. For more information, visit her website: annjacobus.com.