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The Lightness

By: Emily Temple

One year ago, the person Olivia adores most in the world, her father, left home for a meditation retreat in the mountains and never returned. Yearning to make sense of his shocking departure and to escape her overbearing mother—a woman as grounded as her father is mercurial—Olivia runs away from home and retraces his path to a place known as the Levitation Center.

Once there, she enrolls in their summer program for troubled teens, which Olivia refers to as “Buddhist Boot Camp for Bad Girls”. Soon, she finds herself drawn into the company of a close-knit trio of girls determined to transcend their circumstances, by any means necessary. Led by the elusive and beautiful Serena, and her aloof, secretive acolytes, Janet and Laurel, the girls decide this is the summer they will finally achieve enlightenment—and learn to levitate, to defy the weight of their bodies, to experience ultimate lightness.

But as desire and danger intertwine, and Olivia comes ever closer to discovering what a body—and a girl—is capable of, it becomes increasingly clear that this is an advanced and perilous practice, and there’s a chance not all of them will survive. Set over the course of one fateful summer that unfolds like a fever dream, The Lightness juxtaposes fairy tales with quantum physics, cognitive science with religious fervor, and the passions and obsessions of youth with all of these, to explore concepts as complex as faith and as simple as loving people—even though you don’t, and can’t, know them at all.

ISBN: 9780062905321

JLG Release: Dec 2020


Sensitive Areas: Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse , Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes
Topics: Families , Summer camp , Meditation retreats , Friendships , Levitation

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Book Details

ISBN

9780062905321

First Release

December 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

288

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

William Morrow (Adult)

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse , Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes

Topics

Families, Summer camp, Meditation retreats, Friendships, Levitation,

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Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

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