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How We Ricochet

by Faith Gardner

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How We Ricochet by Faith Gardner
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    May 24, 2022
    336 pages
    Genre: Novels

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For readers of This Is How It Ends and All the Bright Places, How We Ricochet takes an intimate and unflinching look into the devastating consequences of a mass shooting for one girl and her close-knit family, from Faith Gardner, acclaimed author of Girl on the Line.

It seems sometimes a charade that we continue celebrating in the face of relentless tragedy.

How dare we? But then ... what else is there to do?


Betty's mom needed new pants for her job.

That was why Betty was at the mall with her mom and sister when the shooting started.

Afterward, nothing is the same.

There are no easy answers to be found, and Betty's search for them leads her to Michael, the brother of the shooter. But this path only shows Betty one thing: that everything she thought she knew—about herself, about the world around her—can change in a heartbeat.

A moving, powerful journey of life after tragedy, How We Ricochet is a fearless and necessary story for our time that will resonate with readers everywhere.

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"Gardner's unforgettable voice blends Jodi Picoult's emotional, ripped-from-the-headlines storytelling with Mindy McGinnis's unflinchingly honest protagonists. Gardner's gorgeous language and the atmospheric tone makes this a well-crafted, genre-defying story that deserves a wide readership." - Booklist (starred review)

"Gardner portrays complex, vulnerable characters navigating the aftermath of gun violence in this emotionally charged novel...Though the story is told from Betty's point of view, her mother's fury and her sister's terror are as palpable as Betty's burning desire to understand why the event happened and whether it was preventable." - Publishers Weekly

"An intelligent, expansive story of a family surviving the increasingly common unthinkable." - Kirkus Reviews

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Faith Gardner

Faith Gardner is the author of How We Ricochet, Girl on the Line, The Second Life of Ava Rivers, and Perdita. When she's not writing, she plays in the band Plot 66. She lives in the East Bay area.

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