Ruth Lehrer, Being Fishkill Book Launch!

Saturday, November 18, 4:00pm
The Odyssey Bookshop
 
*ASL interpreters provided*
 
Fishkill Carmel fends for herself, with her fists if need be — until a thwarted lunch theft introduces her to strange, sunny Duck-Duck and a chance for a new start. Born in the backseat of a moving car, Carmel Fishkill was unceremoniously pushed into a world that refuses to offer her security, stability, love. At age thirteen, she begins to fight back. Carmel Fishkill becomes Fishkill Carmel, who deflects her tormenters with a strong left hook and conceals her secrets from teachers and social workers. But Fishkill’s fierce defenses falter when she meets eccentric optimist Duck-Duck Farina, and soon they, along with Duck-Duck’s mother, Molly, form a tentative family, even as Fishkill struggles to understand her place in it. This fragile new beginning is threatened by the reappearance of Fishkill’s unstable mother — and by unfathomable tragedy. Poet Ruth Lehrer’s young adult debut is a stunning, revelatory look at what defines and sustains “family.” And, just as it does for Fishkill, meeting Duck-Duck Farina and her mother will leave readers forever changed.
 
Ruth Lehrer is a poet, author, and American Sign Language interpreter. She lives in the woods of western Massachusetts with her partner, Amy. 
 
Event date: 
Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
The Odyssey Bookshop
9 College St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Being Fishkill Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763684426
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - November 14th, 2017