“At age 16, Jace Witherspoon has finally fled from the home of his violently abusive father. With only the return address on an envelope slipped to him by his mother as he left, he travels to find safe haven with his long-vanished older brother. Split is the story of their prickly and unexpected reunion, and the two brothers' struggles to reconcile the legacy of their damaged upbringing with the possibility of a new life. Dynamically told through Jace's voice, this story is relentless and captivating.”
— Karen McCollom, The Yankee Bookshop, Woodstock, VT
Review, Booklist, January 1, 2010
“A nuanced and mournful work; Avasthi is a writer to watch.”
Review, Publishers Weekly, January 25, 2010:
“…gripping and heartbreaking.” —Publishers Weekly
Review, School Library Journal, March 2010:
“…raw and intimate, dramatic and poetic.” —School Library Journal
Review, Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2010:
“This taut, complex family drama depicts abuse unflinchingly but focuses on healing, growth and learning to take responsibility for one’s own anger. —Kirkus Reviews
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