Emily’s best friend died last year.
And Emily hasn't stopped grieving. Lizzie was lively, loud, and fun -- Emily's better half. Emily can't accept that she's gone. When Lizzie's parents and her sister come back to town to visit, Emily's heartened to see them. The Porters understand her pain. They miss Lizzie desperately, too. Desperately enough to do something crazy. Something unthinkable. Suddenly, Emily's life is hurtling toward a very dark place -- and she's not sure she'll ever be able to return to what she once knew was real. From New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice comes a breathless, unputdownable story of suspense, secrets -- and the strength that love gives us to survive even the most shocking of circumstances.
Pretend She’s Here will be out in hardcover on February 26, 2019. You can pre-order here:
The photo at the top of the page shows three book-lovers in the house—Ivy on the left, Orion on the right, Emelina is in the middle. Emelina is in the photo just below, and there’s Patrick, sitting next to my writing table:
Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-four novels that have been translated into twenty-four languages. The Secret Language of Sisters was her first YA novel, followed by The Beautiful Lost, out now from Scholastic.
Rice’s books often center on love, family, nature, and the sea. The Beautiful Lost deals with teen depression, something Rice experienced herself. She is an advocate for mental health awareness, a participant in McLean Hospital's Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life
Several of Rice's novels have been adapted for television, including Crazy in Love for TNT, Blue Moon for CBS, Follow the Stars Home and Silver Bells for Hallmark Hall of Fame, and Beach Girls for a mini-series on Lifetime. Rice contributed a monologue to Motherhood Out Loud, a play that premiered at Hartford Stage Company and was performed Off-Broadway and at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
In 2002, Connecticut College awarded Rice an honorary degree. Her papers are located in the college's Special Collections Library. A profile of Rice appeared in Connecticut College Magazine, Fall 2014.
She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Conn.
In June 2014, she received the 2014 Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award for excellence and lifetime achievement as a literary artist. Christoper Plummer, actor, and Tim Prentice, sculptor, were also celebrated, and Rice was thrilled to share the moment with them.
Rice, an avid environmentalist, is honored to be a creative affiliate of the Safina Center.