Irises by Francisco X StorkIrises by Francisco X Stork

Irises

byFrancisco X Stork

Hardcover | January 1, 2012

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Two sisters discover what's truly worth living for in the new novel by the author of Marcelo in the Real World.

TWO SISTERS: Kate is bound for Stanford and an M.D.-if her family will let her go. Mary wants only to stay home and paint. When their loving but repressive father dies, they must figure out how to support themselves and their mother, who is in a permanent vegetative state, and how to get along in all their uneasy sisterhood.

THREE YOUNG MEN: Then three men sway their lives: Kate's boyfriend Simon offers to marry her, providing much-needed stability. Mary is drawn to Marcos, though she fears his violent past. And Andy tempts Kate with more than romance, recognizing her ambition because it matches his own.

ONE AGONIZING CHOICE: Kate and Mary each find new possibilities and darknesses in their sudden freedom. But it's Mama's life that might divide them for good-the question of if she lives, and what's worth living for.

Irises is Francisco X. Stork's most provocative and courageous novel yet.

Francisco X. Stork is the author of Marcelo in the Real World, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award for Teens and the Once Upon a World Award, and The Last Summer of the Death Warriors, which was named to the YALSA Best Fiction for Teens list. He lives near Boston with his wife.
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Title:IrisesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.55 × 5.78 × 1 inPublished:January 1, 2012Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:054515135X

ISBN - 13:9780545151351

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From Irises"Hello? Hello?"Kate hesitated. She could hang up now and go back home. Home. Home was a mother who was dying but never died, a sister who couldn't live alone. Home was the place that gripped you by the ankles whenever you tried to make something of yourself. "Hello," she said tentatively. There was something about taking that first step that gave her strength."Kate?""Yes.""Is everything okay?""Remember when you told me I could call you day or night?""You sound like you're in trouble. Where are you?"She took a deep breath. She knew what she was doing and had no doubts. She wanted to make sure she didn't sound as if she did. "Did you mean it?"

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Irises*"Stork demonstrates his customary skill in creating memorable and multidimensional characters in a story that leaves lingering, contemplative questions regarding death, survival, and love" -Publisher's Weekly, starred review"Although Irises covers deep topics, its slow, graceful pace never feels ponderous or overwhelming. It offers readers much to reflect on, even as its protagonists do the same." -School Library Journal"[Stork] has written a heart-wrenching, thought-provoking novel that forces Mary and Kate-as well as readers-to face difficult questions about life and death...They find no easy answers, nor will the reader, but watching them navigate all of these issues is insightful, instructive, and rewarding." -Booklist