New novel explores a friendship threatened by love

Brooklyn BookBeat

July 19, 2013 From St. Martin’s Press
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The first book in an exciting new Young Adult trilogy, “All Our Pretty Songs” (St. Martin’s Griffin; July 30, 2013), by Brooklynite Sarah McCarry, is the story of two best friends on the verge of a terrifying divide when they begin to encounter a cast of strange and mythical characters.  The author will appear in Brooklyn for a reading on August 8 at Greenpoint’s WORD Bookstore. 

Set against the lush, magical backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, the charismatic, mercurial and beautiful Aurora and the devoted, soulful, and watchful narrator find their bond challenged for the first time in their friendship, when a gifted musician named Jack comes between them.  Suddenly, each girl must decide what matters most: friendship or love.

What both girls don’t know is that the stakes are even higher than either of them could have imagined. They’re not the only ones who have noticed Jack’s gift; his music has awakened an ancient evil—and a world both above and below which may not be mythical at all.  

The real and the mystical, the romantic and the heartbreaking – all begin to swirl together, carrying the two girls on a journey that is both enthralling and terrifying. And it’s up to the narrator to protect the people she loves… if she can.

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The August 8 event will begin at 7 p.m. WORD is located at 126 Franklin St. in Greenpoint.

Sarah McCarry was born in Seattle. She is the recipient of a MacDowell Colony fellowship and has written for Glamour, the Huffington Post Books Blog, and In 2009 she started the blog It currently has over a thousand followers and gets over 20,000 hits a month. She has bicycled alone across two continents and worked as a domestic violence advocate, a circus performer, a clearcut surveyor, an archivist, and a letterpress printer. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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