Wren Wells and Cal Owens from Amy McNamara's Lovely, Dark and Deep
When Mary’s letter came, Cal read it over my shoulder. He thinks it’s hilariously anachronistic that Mary and I write to each other, and when they arrive in their little origami-like handmade envelopes, I can tell he’s totally dying to open one himself. And if anyone other than Mary had asked me to write a bucket list, I would totally blow it off, but Cal thinks it sounds like a good exercise, so here goes…for Mary:
Wren: Make popcorn.
Cal: [laughs] Extra butter.
Wren: No. Just enough butter to make the Old Bay stick.
Cal: Finish school. Work someplace incredible like for Bjarke Ingels or someone. Design optimistic buildings.
Wren: Optimistic buildings?
Cal: You’ll be very happy in them. C’mon [elbows her so she scribbles on the page] – put something down.
Wren: Okay. Convince some incredible contemporary photographer like Anna Gaskell or someone to take me on as an assistant. Or…time travel and work with Helen Levitt.
Cal: Time travel? Do you ever follow instructions? There’s no time travel in a bucket list.
Wren: Rule follower.
Wren: [laughs] How about hang gliding? We could hang-glide. That’s very bucket-list-y, right?
Cal: Done it.
Cal: Yep. My dad took us when Michael turned sixteen. It’s insane. Okay, so you hang-glide, then we’ll go to Barcelona and see Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and Casa Milà.
Wren: Optimistic buildings. What else?
Cal: Kiss. [kisses her] Done.
Wren: I’ll put that down for me, too. Kiss you. Millions of times.
About the book
I came here because it’s pine-dark and the ocean’s wild. The kind of quiet-noise you need when there’s too much going on in your head. Like the water and the woods are doing all the feeling and I can hang out, quiet as a headstone, in a between place, a place that could swallow me if I need it to.I came here because it’s pine-dark and the ocean’s wild. The kind of quiet-noise you need when there’s too much going on in your head. Like the water and the woods are doing all the feeling and I can hang out, quiet as a headstone, in a between place, a place that could swallow me if I need it to.
A resonant debut novel about retreating from the world after losing everything—and the connections that force you to rejoin it.
Since the night of the crash, Wren Wells has been running away. Though she lived through the accident that killed her boyfriend Patrick, the girl she used to be didn’t survive. Instead of heading off to college as planned, Wren retreats to her father’s studio in the far-north woods of Maine. Somewhere she can be alone.
Then she meets Cal Owen. Dealing with his own troubles, Cal’s hiding out too. When the chemistry between them threatens to pull Wren from her hard-won isolation, Wren has to choose: risk opening her broken heart to the world again, or join the ghosts who haunt her.
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About the Author
Amy McNamara is the author of Lovely, Dark and Deep (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) and a collection of poems, the new head chronometrist. She lives with her honey and kids in New York City.
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