Talk (Paperback)

Author: Koja, Kathe

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Hoping to escape from himself for awhile, Kit auditions for a controversial school play and discovers his talent for acting, struggles with coming out, and both he and his costar face crises in their view of themselves and in their close relationships.


Publisher Feiwel & Friends
Mfg Part# 9780312376055
SKU 204961521
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0312376057
Release Date 1/22/2008
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.5T
Author Info
Kathe Koja
Kathe Koja has spent much of her life in and around Detroit, Michigan. She began writing stories at the age of 4 and never stopped. Her first real exposure to the world of writing was while attending the Clarion Writers Workshop, from which she graduated in 1984. She sold her first story in 1988, and in 1991, unleashed her first novel. THE CIPHER, on the world. That book was co-winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best Horror Novel--tied with a novel by Melanie Tem--and won the Locus Award for Best Horror Novel. Additionally, it was a finalist for the prestigious Philip K. Dick Award. The book was also the flagship title in a new line of horror novels from Dell Publishing called Abyss--one of the most important series of horror novels in the 1990s, it introduced Poppy Z. Brite, among others. Koja followed her debut with BAD BRAINS, another well-received horror novel. Her dissatisfaction with being labeled led her subsequent novels to slide further and further away from what is commonly referred to as "horror," though they retain her primary concerns, transformation and transcendence in an essentially decadent modern society. She touches on the culture of "modern primitives" and radical body modification in SKIN, mental illness and artistic manipulation in STRANGE ANGELS, and the nature of sex and of decadence in KINK. Koja has remained a prolific short-story writer, with her works appearing in a variety of mostly off-mainstream publications, and in a collection called EXTREMITIES. While her case study-like approach may seem at odds with her deep concern for her characters, therein lies the power of her work; it makes readers draw their own conclusions and, in doing so, analyze themselves and their own responses.
"Koja...[lets] the reader clearly see her characters' imperfections, while never losing sight of their essential humanity."
From the Publisher
First Line So there I am, too-bright theater light and "What is this?" I say to Carma, flipping through the blue script booklet full of broken lines, it doesn't make any sense.
Annotation Drama, sexuality, and censorship are at the heart of TALK, an intense young-adult novel. Kit Webster is starring in a controversial play at his high school, along with Lindsay Walsh, a popular girl who begins to see him in a new light onstage. Carma, his best friend, is doing her best to help Kit get together with his secret crush, but he's not ready to make any moves. When local parents become concerned about the play, everything comes to a boil, and Kit's life is transformed forever.
Editors Note Hoping to escape from himself for awhile, Kit auditions for a controversial school play and discovers his talent for acting, struggles with coming out, and both he and his co-star face crises in their view of themselves and in their close relationships. Reprint.
Editors Note 3 Kit Webster is hiding a secret. Carma, his best friend, has already figured it out, and pushes him to audition for the high school play, Talk. When he's cast as the male lead, he expects to escape his own life for a while and become a different person. What he gets instead is the role of a lifetime: Kit Webster. In the play, Kit's thrown together with Lindsay Walsh, the female lead and the school's teen queen. Lindsay, tired of the shallow and selfish boys from her usual circle of friends, sees something real in Kit - and wants it. But Kit's attention is focused on Pablo, another boy in school. The play is controversial; the parents put pressure on the school to shut it down. And when Kit and Lindsay rally to save Talk, they find themselves deep into a battle for the truth: onstage, and inside themselves.
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Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 12
Number of Pages 0134
Publisher Square Fish
$16.43 + $2.98 shipping
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