GIVEAWAY: The Weight of Zero (Delacorte/Penguin Random House) by Karen Fortunati
Seventeen-year-old Catherine Pulaski knows Zero is coming for her. Zero, the devastating depression born of Catherine’s bipolar disease, has almost triumphed once, propelling Catherine to her first suicide attempt. With Zero only temporarily restrained by the latest med du jour, time is running out. In an old ballet shoebox, Catherine stockpiles medications, preparing to take her own life.
But Zero’s return is delayed due to unexpected and meaningful relationships that lessen Catherine’s sense of isolation. These relationships along with the care of a gifted psychiatrist alter Catherine’s perception of her diagnosis as a death sentence. This is a story of loss and grief and hope and how the many shapes of love – maternal, romantic and platonic – impact a young woman’s struggle with mental illness.
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Karen is a former attorney, whose personal experiences witnessing the impact of depression and suicide inspired her to write this story of hope for those who struggle with mental illness. She lives in Connecticut with her family and rescue dogs and in addition to writing, works part time as a museum educator. Her next book, THE ARC OF A BULLET, comes out in 2018.