Late Lights is a novella-in-stories about Monty, Erin, and B.J., three childhood friends who have grown into three very different people. Each story delves into a different aspect of their lives, exploring the intensely difficult and complicated realities of their adolescent experience. Juvenile detention, illicit sex, violence, gender—the characters may be young, but the stories are entirely grown up.
Late Lights deals with the disadvantages we’re handed and those we make for ourselves. It deals with kids who are almost adults and adults who act like kids, kids for whom we’re scared and kids who scare us, and it’s about the ways we let them down, so that they’re always left looking for some indication they haven’t been forgotten. Kara Weiss writes beautifully — compassionately, transgressively, and never sentimentally – about the way what we can give each other never seems enough. – Jim Shepard, National Book Award Finalist and author of Like You’d Understand, Anyway
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