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Two sisters discover what's truly worth ilving for in the new novel by the author of Marcelo in the Real World.

Two Sisters: Kate is bound for Stanford and an M.D. - if her family will let her go. Mary wants only to stay home and paint. When their loving but repressive father dies, they must figure out how to support themselves and their mother, who is in a permanent vegetative state, and how to get along in all their uneasy sisterhood.

Three Young Men: Then three men sway their lives: Kate's boyfriend Simon offers to marry her, providing much-needed stability. Mary is drawn to Marcos, though she fears his violent past. And Andy tempts Kate with more than romance, recognizing her ambition because it matches her own.

One Agonizing Choice: Kate and Mary each find new possibilities and darknesses in their sudden freedom. But it's Mama's life that might divide them for good - the question of ifshe lives, and what's worth living for.

Irises is Francisco X. Stork's most provocative and courageous novel yet.


Reviews and Awards

⋆ “Stork demonstrates his customary skill in creating memorable and multidimensional characters in a story that leaves lingering, contemplative questions regarding death, survival, and love.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Stork touches on matters of faith, fidelity, and being true to oneself with gentle writing… Although Irises covers deep topics, its slow, graceful pace never feels ponderous or overwhelming. It offers readers much to reflect on, even as its protagonists do the same.” - School Library Journal

“[A] powerfully thoughtful exploration of one of the most serious questions contemporary life throws at us… Strong stuff, gently handled.” - Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


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Spring 2012
Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 978-0-545-15135-1
Price: $17.99/$19.99
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Page Count: 304
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes


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