About Phoenix

Written by Nastasia Rugani | Annick Press | September 1, 2016

How can the handsome, congenial Mr. Smith be the same man who terrorizes Phoenix and her sister? 

Should you get into the car of someone you barely know? Hard to resist when the driver is Jessup Smith, the best-looking teacher in school. That night, he drives sixteen-year-old Phoenix and her little sister Sasha—both brilliant misfits—home. A few days later, their mother, Erika, lets herself be seduced by Mr. Smith. Not long after, he’s moving in, filling the empty space left by Phoenix and Sasha’s father, who left the family without warning last summer.

At first, Mr. Smith seems too good to be true. He can be a little strict and controlling, sure, but nothing to worry about. Until it begins: first a kick, then a slap. Soon Phoenix is descending into a violent nightmare, afraid of making the least mistake and desperate to protect her little sister. As Phoenix and Sasha feel their world closing in, help may come from an unexpected place.

More information is available on the publisher's website.

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.
Sign in or register to post comments.

More new titles

new titles

Brief Loves That Live Forever

In Soviet Russia the desire for freedom is also a desire for the freedom to love. Lovers live as outlaws, traitors to the collective spirit, and love is more intense when it feels like an act of resistance.
new titles

Markets of Paris Second Edition

The food scene in Paris has changed dramatically since 2006, when Markets of Paris was first published. Yes, the same markets are held in the same locales as always—literally, for centuries—but many have undergone a remarkable transformation led by a young generation of purveyors focused, even more than their predecessors, on local and organic (“bio”) produce.
new titles

Cousin K

With his father brutally killed as a traitor during a national liberation war and his older brother an army officer far away, the young narrator lives reclusively with his mother, who scorns him. He turns to his young cousin for affection, only to be mocked and humiliated so deeply that his love becomes hopelessly entangled with hatred.
1/3
MORE IN books
authors on tour

Marie-Hélène/Sam Bourcier

November 5-17, 2016
US Tour
authors on tour

Pap Ndiaye

November 4-13, 2016
East Coast
authors on tour

Vinciane Despret

October 29-November 8, 2016
US Tour
authors on tour

Antoine Volodine

October 11-18, 2016
West Coast
event

Reconstructing Comix

October 8, 2016 | 7pm
Cooper Union
Frederick P. Rose Auditorium 41 Cooper Square, New York
1/3
recomended for you
event

Hervé Tullet at the BookFest @ Bank Street

October 22 | 10:15am
Bank Street College of Education
610 West 112th Street, New York NY, 10025
event

Reconstructing Comix

October 8, 2016 | 7pm
Cooper Union
Frederick P. Rose Auditorium 41 Cooper Square, New York