The Midnights by Sarah Nicole Smetana

The Midnights

bySarah Nicole Smetana

Hardcover | March 6, 2018

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Susannah Hayes’ life has been a mix of dreams and disappointments. Dreams of writing the perfect guitar riff that will impress her enigmatic former rock-star father and disappointments as she fails again and again to close the distance between them. When he dies unexpectedly, she suddenly finds she’s without those things that always defined her.

While Susannah struggles with grief, her mother decides to move them to a new town. There, Susannah realizes she can become whoever she wants to be: A confident singer-songwriter in a hot band with an effortlessly cool best friend. But you can’t outrun your past forever and soon Susannah finds everything crumbling around her once again.

Set against the scintillating landscape of Southern California, debut novel The Midnights is a coming-of-age story of loss, creativity, and finding your voice when you’re still finding yourself.

About The Author

Sarah Nicole Smetana received her BFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University and her MFA in Fiction from the New School. Originally from Orange, California, she now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their three-legged cat. Visit her online at

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Title:The MidnightsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.29 inPublished:March 6, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062644629

ISBN - 13:9780062644626

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“A stunning, beautifully-written debut, THE MIDNIGHTS explores the complex nature of loss, grief, secrets, and family, as we follow one girl on a poignant journey of self-discovery.”