|The Visibles: A Novel|
YA author Sara Shepard enters the adult realm in The Visibles: A Novel, a story of a young woman navigating family and fate.
The main theme of YA author Sara Shepard’s first “adult” novel is the relationship between nature and nurture—in particular, the way DNA can affect family life. Summer Davis, a young woman coming of age in a family slowly coming apart, is haunted by the possibility raised by one of her science teachers that her DNA is a permanent, invisible tether between herself and her parents. This possibility sustains—or perhaps inspires—her as she becomes her father’s main caretaker after her mother leaves and he succumbs to depression. The Visibles traces the way a child, thrust into this trying situation, both rises to the challenge but is also damaged by the process, becoming an adult who herself has difficulty navigating relationships. In doing so, Shepard stays well within the traditional realm of young-adult fiction but allows the story to mature as her narrator does.
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