Some Kind of Animal

Debut novel forthcoming Spring 2020 from Delacorte/Penguin Random House

Fourteen-year-old Jo is being raised in an apartment above her aunt’s bar in the same Appalachian town where her mother disappeared fourteen years earlier. Jo is onto her aunt’s secrets. She sees the pastor slipping out of the apartment early most mornings. But Jo has a bigger secret: her twin sister.

Jo’s sister isn’t like other girls. She lives in the woods. She catches rabbits with her bare hands. She eats those rabbits raw. But still, night after night, as often as she can manage, Jo slips out of her bedroom window and meets her sister in the woods.

Then one night, her sister attacks a boy from town. As the only witness, Jo becomes the main suspect. Suddenly it seems like everyone is against her, even her best friend, so Jo does what her sister has always wanted her to do – run away.  While hiding in the forest, Jo uncovers the truth of what happened to her mother, a revelation which challenges everything she once believed about her own identity.

Now, with the police and her family both searching for her, Jo must decide how much she is willing to sacrifice to protect her sister. Can she abandon the life she’s always known and live like a wild girl?