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We Contain Multitudes

by Sarah Henstra

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We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra
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    May 2019, 384 pages
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    May 2020, 384 pages

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A relationship between two high school boys—each of whom hides secret scars—unfolds through letters in Sarah Henstra's new novel.

On paper, Adam Kurlansky and Jonathan Hopkirk could not be more different. But ironically enough, it's paper—more specifically, the act of writing letters—that brings the two boys together. Adam (known as Kurl) is a massive star at his Minneapolis high school. He's a big man—literally—the hero of the football team and the object of admiration and respect. Kurl might achieve football victories easily, but academic success has been a bit more elusive; most recently, he has failed Twelfth-Grade Applied English and needs to repeat it in order to graduate. That's why he finds himself matched up with sophomore Jonathan Hopkirk for a letter-writing assignment proposed by their shared English teacher. Jonathan (whom Kurl first addresses as JO, for "jerkoff," in his rather grumpy initial letter) is small and slight, and an aspiring poet. He's also openly gay (though he's ...

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