Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Void the Size of the World | Tour Stop

A Void the Size of the World

byRachele Alpine
Release Date: June 20th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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A haunting novel about a girl who must face the consequences after her actions indirectly lead toher sister’s disappearance.

Rhylee didn’t mean to kiss her sister’s boyfriend. At least, not the first time. But it doesn’t matter, because her sister, Abby, caught them together, ran into the dark woods behind their house...and never came home.

As evidence mounts that something terrible has happenedto Abby, no one wants to face the truth. Rhylee can’t bring herself to admit what she’s done: that she is the reason her sister ran away. Now Tommy, Abby’s boyfriend, is the prime suspect inher disappearance, and Rhylee’s world has been turned upside down. Slowly, Rhylee’s family is breaking—their lives center onthe hope that Abby will return. Rhylee knows they need to face the truth and begin healing—but how can they, when moving on feels like a betrayal? And how do you face the guilt of wishing a person gone...when they actually disappear?

Deleted Scenes

A Void the Size of the World came from a short story that I wrote for the MFA program I was in.  It was my first workshop piece in the program nearly ten years ago.  I wrote the story, got feedback, and revised, but it never really left my mind.  The characters lingered and I felt like they had a deeper story that wanted to be told.  About three years after I workshopped it, I revisited it and started going deeper into the sister’s lives and the events.  Slowly, A Void the Size of the World emerged, and I felt as if I had finally done the story justice by telling it in it’s entirety.  

Below is the beginning of the story that I wrote.  This scene takes place later in the book and much of the language here is used in the book.

The night the circles came, we didn’t notice.
It was easy not to notice things these days when we were so busy trying not to notice just one thing.  
We sat around the kitchen table, the big oak gathering place covered with faint indents of words from pens writing on homework too hard and fork marks made from punctuating a point during heated discussions. We took our usual seats, the ones we had staked claim to at the hundreds of family dinners shared over the years.  We sat to discuss the circles, and for a moment, it almost seemed like we were a family again, like we woke up and ate breakfast and talked.  Almost.  But we weren’t, and I may have been able to pretend for a minute, but the fantasy, already cracked and gray around the edges, broke apart completely with just a few words because the stuff we talked about wasn’t light and breezy and happy like it used to be.

 “Does anyone remember anything strange that happened last night?”  My dad asked.  He hadn’t slept in our house for weeks, and had only just arrived about ten minutes ago, rushing over right after my mom called.  If Amelia had been here, the two of us would have laughed at how fast he had made it over, since during the worst of my parents’ fights, when they had separated for what Amelia and I had been told was a short break but turned out to be four years, my mom would be after him for days to come over and do a simple things like change a light bulb that was too high for us or stop the bathroom faucet from dripping.  This time, when my mom called him because she was afraid of what the circles meant, worrying that they had some supernatural reason, he came right over.  He acted like he was concerned about the origins of the circles, too, but I think he was more concerned about what would happen once people found out what had arrived in our yard.

Rachele Alpine is a lover of binge watching reality TV, dogs, knitting, gummy peaches, and lots and lots of coffee!

One of her first jobs was at a library, but it didn't last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she's a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit.

By day she's a high school English teacher, by night she's a mom and wife, and she writes dur-ing any time she can find in between!

Rachele lives with her husband and son in Cleveland, Ohio, but dreams of moving back toBos-ton, the city she fell in love with while attending graduate school there.

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  1. Thanks for being on the tour Krstianna!! I love reading deleted scenes and I didn't realize this book had a MAYBE supernatural element to it. I mean it says "a haunting novel" in the summary, but I didn't take that literally. Maybe I should have?

  2. Thanks for featuring A VOID THE SIZE OF THE WORLD as a tour stops! Yay!!!

  3. This book sounds so good oh my gosh! *adds to tbr immediately*


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