Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Length: 208 pages
Audiobook Length: 4 hours and 52 minutes
First Published: 2004
Philip Beard’s stunning debut novel is fifteen-year-old Tess DeNunzio’s letter to her sister, Zoe, lost to a hit-and-run driver on a day when it seemed that nothing mattered but the tragedies playing out in New York and Washington. Dear Zoe is a remarkable study of grief, adolescence, and healing with a pitch-perfect narrator who is at once sharp and naïve, world- worried and self-centered, funny and heartbreakingly honest. Tess begins her letter to Zoe as a means of figuring out her own life, her place in the world, but the result is a novel of rare power and grace that tells us much about ours.
Quotes from Dear Zoe
That on any day you could pick there are thousands and thousands of little deaths, tiny tragedies, and that all of them matter.
Little crimes like mine didn’t matter anymore. Little deaths like yours didn’t make a sound.
I’m starting to think that maybe everything changes everything. That we never know what’s going to happen next and we’re not even supposed to.
About Philip Beard
Philip Beard is a part-time attorney and author of the novel Dear Zoe. He currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Visit the author’s website →