How Many Letters Are In Goodbye? by Yvonne Cassidy

How Many Letters US_finalartSeventeen-year-old Rhea Farrell carries the scars of a childhood accident in which she lost her arm. But she also carries scars that aren’t so visible—the loss of a mother she hardly remembers, the impact of her father’s drinking and her confusion and pain around accepting her sexuality.

When Rhea runs away, she turns to the person she always wished she could confide in—her mother. And just like she used to do as a little girl, Rhea starts to write her letters—to tell her things she can’t tell anyone else, to share her fears, to ask for help. Rhea’s journey on the streets of New York brings her deeper into her mother’s past where she uncovers buried family secrets. And as she finds out more about the woman her mother truly was, Rhea also discovers just what kind of woman she wants to be.

 

Advance Praise:

“It’s a powerhouse of emotion. My heart is now stretched into new shapes.”

—Kirstin Cronn-Mills, Stonewall Award-winning author of Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

“Heavy and intense, this book will make readers confront their own senses of identity.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A heartbreaking story about the challenges of trusting, healing, and saying goodbye.”—School Library Journal