Coming of Age at the End of Days (Hardcover)
Coming of Age at the End of Days by Alice LaPlante. Neglected by her musician mother and geologist father, teen aged Anna falls into a deep depression. Trapped in a fog of sadness, she is unexpectedly pulled out of her state when she meets Lars Goldschmidt, a recent addition to her neighborhood, and Anna is born again. The violent prophecies concerning the End of Days make Anna feel again, pulling her deeper into the world of the Goldschmidt's Christian doomsday cult. As her newfound faith clashes with everything she's ever been taught and takes her to dangerous places, Anna struggles with the hypocrisies of belief while desperately trying to find something to believe in, leaving her to wonder what it really means for something to end.— From Nancy's Book Picks
Alice LaPlante's acclaimed psychological thrillers are distinguished by their stunning synthesis of family drama and engrossing suspense. Her new novel is an affecting foray deeper into the creases of family life--and the light-and-dark battle of faith--as LaPlante delves into the barbed psyche of a teenager whose misguided convictions bear irrevocable consequences. Never one to conform, Anna always had trouble fitting in. Earnest and willful, as a young girl she quickly learned how to hide her quirks from her parents and friends. But when, at sixteen, a sudden melancholia takes hold of her life, she loses her sense of self and purpose. Then the Goldschmidts move in next door. They're active members of a religious cult, and Anna is awestruck by both their son, Lars, and their fervent violent prophecies for the Tribulation at the End of Days. Within months, Anna's life--her family, her home, her very identity--will undergo profound changes. But when her newfound beliefs threaten to push her over the edge, she must find her way back to center with the help of unlikely friends. An intimate story of destruction and renewal, New York Times bestselling author LaPlante delivers a haunting exploration of family legacies, devotion, and tangled relationships.
About the Author
Alice LaPlante is an award-winning and best-selling author of numerous books, including "A Circle of Wives" and the "New York Times" bestseller "Turn of Mind," which was the winner of the Wellcome Trust s Book Prize and a B&N Discover Award finalist. She teaches creative writing at Stanford University and in the MFA program at San Francisco State University."