Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week I am waiting on
Nora and Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor
Publication Date: February 29th 2016
What if Peter Pan was a homeless kid just trying to survive, and Wendy flew away for a really good reason?
Seventeen-year-old Kettle has had his share of adversity. As an orphaned Japanese American struggling to make a life in the aftermath of an event in history not often referred to—the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the removal of children from orphanages for having “one drop of Japanese blood in them”—things are finally looking up. He has his hideout in an abandoned subway tunnel, a job, and his gang of Lost Boys.
Desperate to run away, the world outside her oppressive brownstone calls to naïve, eighteen-year-old Nora—the privileged daughter of a controlling and violent civil rights lawyer who is building a compensation case for the interned Japanese Americans. But she is trapped, enduring abuse to protect her younger sister Frankie and wishing on the stars every night for things to change.
For months, they’ve lived side by side, their paths crossing yet never meeting. But when Nora is nearly killed and her sister taken away, their worlds collide as Kettle, grief stricken at the loss of a friend, angrily pulls Nora from her window.
In her honeyed eyes, Kettle sees sadness and suffering. In his, Nora sees the chance to take to the window and fly away.
Set in 1953, NORA AND KETTLE explores the collision of two teenagers facing extraordinary hardship. Their meeting is inevitable, devastating, and ultimately healing. Their stories, a collection of events, are each on their own harmless. But together, one after the other, they change the world.
I’m a big fan of re-tellings and while Peter Pan has never really been a favourite of mine, this book sounds all kinds of heartbreaking and wonderful. I love that this book is set during a very tumultuous historic time period and that fact that we have a diverse cast is a major plus. I honestly cannot wait to see where this journey takes us.
What’s your most anticipated book?
4 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: Nora and Kettle”
Wow, this book sounds fantastic! I think it sounds really cool how the author is taking this time period and using it as a retelling. And it seems like a very timely pick! I hadn’t heard of this one, so thanks so much for putting it on my radar! I’m definitely adding it to my TBR!
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I’m so happy I stumbled upon this book. The post war period is one that I find very fascinating and I’m really excited to see how that society is explored. I hope you manage to get your hands on the book and that you enjoy it. 😀
I love the cover! I’m definitely intrigued by the Peter Pan retelling, and the diversity in the characters. And totally agree, it may be heartbreaking! Awesome pick, thanks for highlighting this!
Here’s my WOW (:
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I feel like we’re going to have to stock up on the tissues. Fairy-tale retellings are usually a hit or miss for me but I definitely have high hopes for this book.