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Waiting on Wednesday: The Language Inside by Holly Thompson

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  Its purpose is to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting:

The Language Inside by Holly Thompson

Expected Release Date: May 14, 2013

Emma Karas was raised in Japan; it’s the country she calls home. But when her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer, Emma’s family moves to a town outside Lowell, Massachusetts, to stay with Emma’s grandmother while her mom undergoes treatment.

Emma feels out of place in the United States. She begins to have migraines, and longs to be back in Japan. At her grandmother’s urging, she volunteers in a long-term care center to help Zena, a patient with locked-in syndrome, write down her poems. There, Emma meets Samnang, another volunteer, who assists elderly Cambodian refugees. Weekly visits to the care center, Zena’s poems, dance, and noodle soup bring Emma and Samnang closer, until Emma must make a painful choice: stay in Massachusetts, or return home early to Japan.

(summary via Goodreads)

This one sounds like it’s going to be a great, contemplative contemporary YA novel.  I love the exploration of culture and culture shock, and what it means to be caught between two worlds. I also love the idea of exploring something like locked-in syndrome, because it’s rare and if handled sensitively, it could really be compelling.

As per usual, the cover does nothing for me.  I don’t know what’s with these generic YA covers lately, but this one invokes no reaction from me whatsoever.

What are you waiting on this week?


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