Today I am very excited to share with you a new Young Adult Magical Realism novel! The Principles Behind Flotation by Alexandra Teague is an inventive surrealist coming-of-age story for fans of Carol Rifka Brunt’s Tell the Wolves I’m Home and Karen Russell’s Swamplandia!
When a sea appears overnight in a small town, many in the community hail it as a religious miracle, while an ambitious teenager A.Z. sees it as an opportunity for scientific discovery—her chance to follow her dream of becoming an oceanographer.
Doesn’t that sound cool? So be sure to check out the book and then read on for your chance to win 1 of 3 copies!
A.Z. McKinney is on the shores of greatness. Now all she needs is a boat.
When the Sea of Santiago appeared overnight in a cow pasture in Arkansas, it seemed, to some, a religious miracle. But to high school sophomore A.Z. McKinney, it’s marked her chance to make history—as its first oceanographer. All she needs is to get out on the water.
Her plan is easier said than done, considering the Sea’s eccentric owner is only interested in its use as a tourist destination for beachgoers and devout pilgrims. Still, A.Z. is determined to uncover the secrets of the Sea—even if it means smuggling saline samples in her bathing suit.
Yet when a cute, conceptual artist named Kristoff moves to town, A.Z. realizes she may have found a first mate. Together, they make a plan to build a boat and study the Sea in secret. But from fighting with her best friend to searching for a tourist-terrorizing alligator (that may or may not be a crocodile), distractions are everywhere. Soon, A.Z.’s dreams are in danger of being dashed upon the shore of Mud Beach.
With her self-determined oceanic destiny on the line, A.Z. finds herself at odds with everything she thought she knew about life, love, and the Sea. To get what she wants, she’ll have to decide whether to sink or float . . . But which one comes first?
Continued Praise for The Principles Behind Flotation
“This novel can be compared to nothing, because it’s so original. It’s a nesting-doll of a novel. Moving, suspenseful, and unpredictable. When you’re done reading it, you’ll be trying to describe it to everyone, and you won’t be able to say much more than, ‘I can’t describe it; you have to read it; you’re going to love this book.'”—Laura Kasischke, bestselling author of Mind of Winter
“If you’ve read either of Alexandra Teague’s two acclaimed poetry collections, then you’ll already know how fascinating her mind is, and how gifted her pen. What you might not realize—but will discover, as I did, as soon as you crack the pages of The Principles Behind Flotation—is how quickly and completely she can create an absorbing other life in an absorbing other place, how big-hearted she is, and how funny. I loved this novel . . . gentle magic.”—Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Illumination
“A buoyant, soulful ride Alexandra Teague has an ear for sharp, witty dialogue and an eye for the metaphysical reaches of American culture.”—Maria Hummel, author of Motherland
“Slyly funny and full of wonder, The Principles Behind Flotation sails us out on the sea of first love with heart-breaking tenderness, wile, and wit. Teague navigates the coming-of-age currents with intelligence and compassion, reminding us that we’ve all been in that strange place of metamorphoses, where nothing is as it seems.”—Kim Barnes, author of In the Kingdom of Men
“Beautifully written—equal parts hilarious and poignant—this insightful, and stunningly imaginative, novel is a miracle in itself.”—Skip Horack, author of The Other Joseph, The Eden Hunter, and The Southern Cross
“. . . Navigates the shifting waters of identity, meaning, and desire with indomitable hustle and heart.”—Megan Kruse, Author of Call Me Home
“A.Z. McKinney is a wonderful creation, and Alexandra Teague is a wondrous writer.”—Daniel Orozco, author of Orientation: And Other Stories
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