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‘Adamsville wasn’t a place that people came to. It was a place you were from, where you were born, where you were raised, where you stayed’ Before Carolyn Lessing arrived, nothing much had ever happened in Adamsville, Alabama. Each week, at dinner tables and in the high school assembly, everyone would pray for the football team to win. Each year, the Adams High Hot List would be updated, and girls would rise and fall within its ranks. Each day, everyone lived by the unwritten rules that cheerleaders did not hang out with the swim team, seniors did not date freshmen and the blistering heat was something that should never be remarked upon. But then the new girl came.

‘We watched as the eight girls performed together, the Varsity Cheerleading Squad: we had voted, voted for the most talented, yes, but also for the prettiest, for the most popular, for the ones that we knew the very best. And now here they were, representing the best of us, who we wished we could be’

Sarah Bannan was born in 1978 in upstate New York. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2000 and then moved to Ireland, where she has lived ever since. She is the Head of Literature at the Irish Arts Council and lives in Dublin with her husband and daughter. #Weightless @sarahkeegs

‘A provocative and timely novel that unsettles the reader and challenges our view of contemporary youth. Its subject matter is universal; parents and children around the world will recognise the difficult and fractured society it depicts’ JOHN BOYNE

All that Carolyn’s social media revealed was that she had moved from New Jersey, had 1075 friends and no relationship status. In beach photos with boys who looked like Abercrombie models, she seemed beautiful, but in real life she was so much more. She was perfect.

‘There is nothing new about bullying, but many of the weapons are new. Sarah Bannan brings us right into the middle of bullying, twenty-first-century-style’ RODDY DOYLE ‘One of those essential stories that will capture the imagination of different generations of readers’

This was all before the camera crews arrived, before cracks began to appear in the dry earth and before it became impossible to see where rumour ended and truth began.


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‘Riveting, agile and beautifully judged … Superb’ COLUM MCCANN ‘Chilling, engrossing and very, very impressive’ RODDY DOYLE £12.99

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