Nothing but Life

Category: Book
By (author): van Staalduinen, Brent
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / General
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Death & Dying
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Violence
Audience: young adult
Publisher: Dundurn
Published: February 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 8.00in x 5.00in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*During a sweltering summer, Dills must come to terms with a horrific crime and the parent he loves who committed it.Dills and his mom have returned to Hamilton, her hometown, hoping to leave the horrors of Windsor behind. But it's impossible to escape the echoes of tragedy, and trouble always follows trouble. When Dills hurts a new classmate, it comes out in court that he was in the Windsor High library when the shooter came in. But he won't talk about what he saw, what he still sees whenever he closes his eyes. He can't. He definitely can't tell anyone that the Windsor Shooter is his stepfather, Jesse, that Jesse can speak into his mind from hundreds of kilometres away, and that Dills still loves him even though he committed an unspeakable crime.
From The Publisher*Dills can't talk about the day the shooter came into the school library and opened fire. The memories are too raw. He certainly can't share that the shooter is his stepdad, Jesse. And Dills definitely can't tell anyone that Jesse has always been his favourite person on earth, that he can hear Jesse in his mind, and that he still loves him.
Review Quote*In Nothing but Life, Brent van Staalduinen offers readers what the news often fails to provide in the wake of a mass shooting - what remains in the aftermath beyond sensationalism and how those affected grieve. In following a young boy and his family's journey toward healing after someone they love commits unthinkable violence, this novel sings with sorrow, yes, but also with great empathy and love.
Review Quote*Capturing perfectly the tender chaos of adolescence, Nothing but Life grabs you by the heartstrings and won't let go. Beautifully written and satisfyingly redemptive.
Review Quote*As Dills tells his story and shares the worst and weirdest summer of his life, it feels deliciously like eavesdropping. A compelling read.
Review Quote*Brent van Staalduinen has once again created an unforgettable character and voice. In Dills, he brings forth our seething, hurting unpredictability along with all of our innocence, reminding us that love is that thing which complicates us and yet also, ultimately, makes us who we are. Nothing but Life is a gentle and yet razor-sharp look into what hurts and heals us, filled with a wisdom that permeates every sentence.
Biographical NoteBrent van Staalduinen is the author of two novels for adults and is an award-winning short story writer. A former tree planter, army medic, radio host, and high school English teacher, Brent now finds himself looking for stories and working at the local public library. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.