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Benjamin Alire Saenz - Author

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Benjamin Alire Saenz is an American Book Award-winning author of poetry and prose for adults and teens. His first novel for young adults, Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood was an ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His second novel for teens, He Forgot to Say Goodbye won the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award and the Southwest Books Award (Border Regional Librarians Association) and was a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. A former Wallace E. Stegner Fellow in poetry, Saenz is a professor in the creative writing department at University of Texas, El Paso.

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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2017

A warmly humane look at universal questions of belonging, infused with humour, from the bestselling author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it's senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal's not who he thought he was, who is he? 'Friendships, family, grief, joy, rage, faith, doubt, poetry, and love - this complex and sensitive book has room for every aspect of growing up!' Margarita Engle, author of The Surrender Tree '... another stellar, gentle look into the emotional lives of teens on the cusp of adulthood' Kirkus Reviews Praise for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe: '... a smart, intelligent, engaging coming-of-age story and a deep, thoughtful exploration of identity and sexuality' The Book Smugglers 'Meticulous pacing and finely nuanced characters underpin the author's gift for affecting prose that illuminates the struggles within relationships' Kirkus Reviews, starred review

He Forgot to Say Goodbye

He Forgot to Say Goodbye

Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

A heartfelt novel from the award-winning author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. On the surface, Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove couldn't live more different lives. Ram is Mexican-American, lives in the poor section of town and is doing his best to keep his mother sane while his brother fights off a drug-induced coma. Jake is a WASP who drives a nice car, lives in a mansion and has a mother who drinks a bit too much and a step-father who cheats on her. But there is one point, one issue, where their lives are exactly the same; their fathers walked out on them when they were just young boys. And at this convergence, Ram and Jake see how everything in their lives is just a little bit similar, because they both blame everything that goes wrong on the one thing they actually have in common.

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