Monday, September 22, 2014

Guest Post: Lois Metzger (A Trick of the Light)

A Trick of the Light
By: Lois Metzger
Released: June 18, 2013
Purchase the Book: Amazon - B&N
My Review

"Telling a story of a rarely recognized segment of eating disorder sufferers—young men—A Trick of the Light by Lois Metzger is a book for fans of the complex characters and emotional truths in Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls and Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why. Mike Welles had everything under control. But that was before. Now things are rough at home, and they're getting confusing at school. He's losing his sense of direction, and he feels like he's a mess. Then there's a voice in his head. A friend, who's trying to help him get control again. More than that—the voice can guide him to become faster and stronger than he was before, to rid his life of everything that's holding him back. To figure out who he is again. If only Mike will listen."

A Trick of the Light is such a great book and does a wonderful job at handling the topic of eating disorders. I definitely recommend picking up a copy. The paperback will be published on September 23 and will include a brand new section titled "10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Eating Disorders". 

Lois Metzger was kind enough to stop by The Reading Geek and share a bit about this new section.
"I spent nearly a decade researching eating disorders for my young-adult novel, “A Trick of the Light” (HarperCollins), about a boy who develops anorexia. The book was published in hardcover in 2013. Over the past year, lots of people got in touch with me with their own stories—some were professionals who gave me new information, things I hadn’t heard about or hadn’t focused on. Because of this, I added a new section for the paperback, called “10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Eating Disorders.” The list includes a family-based therapy that has proved very successful; and why wrestlers are especially prone to eating disorders; and evidence of a biological propensity to eating disorders. Also I put in a number to call if you’re looking to help someone with an eating disorder (the National Eating Disorder Association hotline—1-800-931-2237). What have I learned about eating disorders? That there’s always so much more to know."

About the Author:
Lois Metzger was born in Queens and has always written for young adults.  She is the author of three previous novels and two nonfiction books about the Holocaust, and she has edited five anthologies.  Her short stories have appeared in collections all over the world.  Her writing has also appeared in The New Yorker and The Nation, and she blogs for The Huffington Post.  She lives in New York City with her husband, writer Tony Hiss, and their son. 
Follow her on Twitter @MetzgerLois

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