Where Things Come Back
Title: Where Things Come Back
Author: John Corey Whaley
Where Things Come Back, by John Corey Whaley, is the 2012 Printz award winner and William C. Morris award winner for debut YA fiction. This book is about many things, but it all comes together so beautifully in the end. All I can say is read it!!
-Kris at Comstock Park
In the remarkable, bizarre, and heart-wrenching summer before Cullen Witter’s senior year of high school, everything he thinks he understands about his small and painfully dull Arkansas town vanishes. His cousin overdoses; his town becomes absurdly obsessed with the alleged reappearance of an extinct woodpecker; and most troubling of all, his sensitive, gifted fifteen-year-old brother, Gabriel, suddenly and inexplicably disappears.
As Cullen navigates a summer of finding and losing love, holding his fragile family together, and muddling his way into adulthood, a young, disillusioned missionary in Africa searches for meaning wherever he can find it. Through masterful plotting, these two stories are brought face-to-face in a surprising and harrowing climax that is tinged with melancholy and regret, comedy and absurdity, and above all, hope.