INTERNATIONAL LITERACY ASSOCIATION YOUNG ADULT HONOR 2017
FEATURED IN SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE
Delacorte/Penguin Random House October 2016
“Everyone takes a unique path to their dark places but Karen Fortunati’s portrayal of the road back is inspiring.”
–Stephanie Tromly, author, Trouble Is A Friend of Mine
ADD ON GOODREADS
Seventeen-year-old Catherine Pulaski knows Zero is coming for her. Zero, the devastating depression born of Catherine’s bipolar disease, has almost triumphed once, propelling Catherine to her first suicide attempt. With Zero only temporarily restrained by the latest med du jour, time is running out. In an old ballet shoebox, Catherine stockpiles medications, preparing to take her own life before Zero can inflict its own living death on her again.
But Zero’s return is delayed due to unexpected and meaningful relationships that lessen Catherine’s sense of isolation. These relationships along with the care of a gifted psychiatrist alter Catherine’s perception of her diagnosis as a death sentence. This is a story of loss and grief and hope and how the many shapes of love – maternal, romantic and platonic – impact a young woman’s struggle with mental illness.
COMING IN 2018: THE ARC OF A BULLET (Delacorte/Penguin Random House)
A young woman at the intersection of her brother’s violent mental health breakdown and a police shooting discovers the danger of secret prejudice and privilege in this story of forgiveness, healing and hope.