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The Game of Love and Death

By Martha Brockenbrough

Antony and Cleopatra.
Helen of Troy and Paris.
Romeo and Juliet.
And now: Henry and Flora.

For centuries Love and Death have chosen their players. They have set the rules, rolled the dice, and kept close, ready to influence, angling for supremacy. And Death has always won. Always.

Could there ever be one time, one place, one pair whose love would truly tip the balance?

Meet Flora Saudade, an African American girl who dreams of becoming the next Amelia Earhart by day and sings in the smoky jazz clubs of Seattle by night. Meet Henry Bishop, born a few blocks and a million worlds away, a white boy with his future assured - a wealthy adoptive family in the midst of the Great Depression, a college scholarship, and all the opportunities in the world seemingly available to him.

The players have been chosen. The dice have been rolled. But when human beings make moves of their own, what happens next is anyone's guess.

Achingly romantic and brilliantly imagined, The Game of Love and Death is a love story you will never forget.

Reviews and Awards

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, Teen & YA
An Amazon Best Book of 2015
A Booklist Top Ten Arts Book for Youth
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015
A Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2015
A Booklist Editors’ Choice 2015

⋆ “Brockenbrough's precise, luscious prose cuts back and forth among the four protagonists, according each character equal depth, with Ethan playing a heartbreaking supporting role…. Race, class, fate and choice—they join Love and Death to play their parts in Brockenbrough's haunting and masterfully orchestrated narrative.” - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

⋆ “This sophisticated novel is filled with breathtaking prose and nuanced characterizations. Secondary characters pulled into the game by virtue of their associations with Henry and Flora are as richly drawn as the lovers. Love and Death, equally enigmatic and maddening, are the moral core of the story, despite the callous premise of their game. This original novel is a thoughtful exploration of courage, love, and the price we pay to live.” - Booklist, starred review

⋆ “Brockenbrough never sugarcoats the obstacles facing Henry and Flora’s love—whether human prejudices or supernatural manipulations—in this inventive and affecting novel, and the ending in which Flora, who has seen too many people die, realizes how love and death intertwine, is beautiful.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review

⋆ "Romance fans will find plenty to swoon over here, while aspiring philosophers will find just as much to ponder." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

“The fully realized setting and characters make this more than just a modern fairy tale. It’s a poignant reminder of how far we’ve come since the 1930s in terms of race, class, and sexual orientation - and how far we still have to go.” - Horn Book Magazine

“[B]eautiful and evocative… [R]omance lovers will find themselves rooting for the ill-fated couple, and the historical setting and African American characters - particularly strong-willed Flora - bring some much needed diversity to the YA scene.” - School Library Journal 

"This exquisite, elegantly original fable of young love smashing convention to smithereens is so beautiful I wish I'd written it myself." - Elizabeth Wein, author of Printz Honor Book Code Name Verity

"Smart, haunting, and entrancingly magical, Martha Brockenbrough's The Game of Love and Death is anything but a simple game. In this sweeping and fabulous tale, Brockenbrough creates a vivid world wherein Love and Death come to life with an intent and force of character that is truly unforgettable." - Ruth Ozeki, bestselling author of A Tale for the Time Being

"The Game of Love and Death is a unique love story, and yet, it is also the love story of all humans through time. Martha Brockenbrough is a compassionate observer of many worlds - airfields, jazz clubs, baseball diamonds, newspapers, and Hoovervilles to name a few - and the beautiful, doomed human types that dwell in them. This is an exceptional novel." - Gabrielle Zevin, author of Elsewhere

Purchase Options
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Spring 2015
Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 978-0-545-66834-7
Price: $17.99 / $20.99
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Page Count: 336
Foreign Rights: Greenhouse Literary Agency
Translation Rights: Greenhouse Literary Agency
Rights Available? yes

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