Kate Gray’s Carry the Sky, our Sept. 1 release, was recently featured at the top of the list of eleven popular must-read high school books in Bustle magazine. It’s amazing exposure for Forest Avenue Press to have a book listed with Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, among other wonderful books.
Here’s what author Melissa Duclos had to say about Carry the Sky:
“Narrated in alternating chapters by veteran physics teacher Jack Song and first-year rowing coach Taylor Alta, Carry the Sky, which will be released next month by indie publisher Forest Avenue Press (hooray for indies!), offers a gut-wrenching look at life at a prestigious Delaware boarding school from the teachers’ perspectives. At the start of the school year, Song and Alta are both reeling from tragedy: Song’s sister Kim has died of a rare blood disease while Alta’s best friend and fellow rower has recently drowned in the Schuylkill River. But there are more tragedies for them to face from the students they care for, and subsequently let down. The beauty of the language as the novel grapples with layers of grief is one of the best parts of this book — not surprising from an award-winning author of three collections of poetry. Many books about high school deal with bullying, but few explore the ramifications as deeply as Carry the Sky.”