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About the Book

About the Book

After the Death of Anna Gonzales

A powerful look at the effects of one girl's suicide on her high school

Brutally honest and authentic in tone, this young adult novel in verse centers on the suicide of high school freshman Anna Gonzales.

"I can feel
The whispering of the hallway walls
Growing louder as the groups gather.
Each clique adding to its morning input.

"Did you hear?"
"Who told you?"
"Do you think it's really true?"

New at this school,
I stand alone.
Watching . . ."

Each piece, read alone, portrays a classmate's or teacher's personal reaction to the loss, taken hard by some, by others barely noticed. Read together, the poems create a richly textured and moving testimony to the rippling effects of one girl's devastating choice.

Terri Fields has written a thought-provoking, important work that resonates with both pain and hope. This is a book of poetry that will stay with readers long after they put it down.

After the Death of Anna Gonzales
by Terri Fields