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Nina LaCour's award-winning, achingly beautiful novel is now available in paperback!-Includes a new foreword by Nicola Yoon, #1 bestselling author of The Sun is Also a Star and Everything, Everything-Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award"Short, poetic and gorgeously written." -The New York Times Book Review"A beautiful, devastating piece of art." -BookpageYou go through life thinking there's so much you need. . . . Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother. Marin hasn't spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she's tried to outrun.



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Nina LaCour

Nina LaCour grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her first job was at fourteen in an independent bookstore, and she has since worked in two others. She has tutored and taught in various places, from a juvenile hall to a private college. She now teaches English at an independent high school. Of Hold Still, Nina says:"This book is about loss, and it's also about art. The loss part comes from a classmate's suicide. I didn't know him well, but learning of his death remains one of the most profoundly sad and confusing events of my teenage years. The art part comes from my mother, a high school photography teacher. A girl in one of her student's photographs inspired the character of Ingrid. While I was writing, I learned how to develop and print black-and-white photographs in a darkroom. "Nina lives in Oakland, California with her wife and their two cute cats. Visit her online at



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