Book Twirps is sponsoring a great giveaway this month; it’s all about new releases. And what a month for new releases! There have been some great ones already and there will be more as the month progresses. Certainly one of my favorite reads this year and one that everyone should read is OCTOBER MOURNING by Lesléa Newman. I reviewed it a little while ago am delighted to share it with another verse novel enthusiast as a book that does something new with the form.
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Here’s what Goodreads says about OCTOBER MOURNING:
A masterful poetic exploration of the impact of Matthew Shepard’s murder on the world.
On the night of October 6, 1998, a gay twenty-one-year-old college student named Matthew Shepard was lured from a Wyoming bar by two young men, savagely beaten, tied to a remote fence, and left to die. Gay Awareness Week was beginning at the University of Wyoming, and the keynote speaker was Lesléa Newman, discussing her book Heather Has Two Mommies. Shaken, the author addressed the large audience that gathered, but she remained haunted by Matthew’s murder. October Mourning, a novel in verse, is her deeply felt response to the events of that tragic day. Using her poetic imagination, the author creates fictitious monologues from various points of view, including the fence Matthew was tied to, the stars that watched over him, the deer that kept him company, and Matthew himself. More than a decade later, this stunning cycle of sixty-eight poems serves as an illumination for readers too young to remember, and as a powerful, enduring tribute to Matthew Shepard’s life.