The wait is almost over for Before We Were Blue! While you anticipate the release on September 14, check out the new book trailer below:
About Before We Were Blue:
At Recovery and Relief, a treatment center for girls with eating disorders, the first thing Shoshana Winnick does is attach herself to vibrant but troubled Rowan Parish. Shoshana—a cheerleader on a hit reality TV show—was admitted for starving herself to ensure her growth spurt didn’t ruin her infamous tumbling skills. Rowan, on the other hand, has known anorexia her entire life, thanks to her mother’s “chew and spit” guidance. Through the drudgery and drama of treatment life, Shoshana and Rowan develop a fierce intimacy—and for Rowan, a budding infatuation, that neither girl expects.
As “Gray Girls,” patients in the center’s Gray plan, Shoshana and Rowan are constantly under the nurses’ watchful eyes. They dream of being Blue, when they will enjoy more freedom and the knowledge that their days at the center are numbered. But going home means separating and returning to all the challenges they left behind. The closer Shoshana and Rowan become, the more they cling to each other—and their destructive patterns. Ultimately, the girls will have to choose: their recovery or their relationship.
About the Author
E.J. Schwartz is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Barrelhouse, and Necessary Fiction, among others. She was born and raised in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. Before We Were Blue is her first novel.
Advanced Praise for Before We Were Blue
“With an unflinching and taut accuracy, E.J. Schwartz writes the darkest truths of girlhood, of the unique intimacy that binds young women as they grow into themselves.” —Diana Clarke, author of Thin Girls
“Brilliantly stacked with everything a reader could want; it’s dark, tense, honest, and thrilling. And romantic in its insistence that even over the rockiest terrain, where girls go, friendships follow.” —Nina de Gramont, author of Gossip of the Starlings and The Christie Affair
“A startlingly frank, deeply compassionate story about the complicated journey of living with eating disorders.” —Adam Sass, award-winning author of Surrender Your Sons
“A dazzling, gritty, and unforgettable debut.” —Melody Moezzi, author of The Rumi Prescription