Melanie Thorne

HAND ME DOWN: A Novel (2012)

Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Reid has spent her life protecting her sister, Jaime, from their parents’ cruel mistakes. Their father would rather feed his vices than his daughters. And when their once-loving mother chooses to start a new family with a dangerous ex-con, Elizabeth and Jaime are separated and forced to rely on the begrudging kindness of increasingly distant relatives. Abandoned by her mother and burdened by a bleak pact with a deceitful adult, Elizabeth is no longer sure she can save Jamie—or even herself. Written in “prose that vibrates with intelligence and passion,” (Kirkus, starred review), Hand Me Down is an evocative, semi-autobiographical debut that announces Melanie Thorne as a powerful new voice in fiction.

Kirkus named Hand Me Down as one of the best works of fiction of 2012, calling Liz “a wise, wry, wonderful heroine.”

“Like Janet Finch’s bestseller White Oleander. … Difficult to read, but impossible to put down.” —Bookpage

Hand Me Down is a compelling, intelligently contemporized version of a traditional coming-of-age story full of family betrayals old and new.”—Pam Houston, author of Cowboys Are My Weakness

Rights: Dutton/Penguin, World