2016 National Book Award Longlist, Young People's Literature

Anna-Marie McLemore

A Cure for Suicide Anna-Marie McLemore
When the Moon Was Ours
(Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s Press)
ISBN: 978-1250058669

National Book Foundation: Who did you write this book for?
Anna-Marie McLemore: I wrote this book for readers who’ve been told that the only story they’re allowed is one the world decides for them. For queer girls like me who’ve been thrown out of religious communities. For trans*boys like my husband who’ve gotten turned away from jobs for how they look and who they are. For his trans* siblings who’ve been denied housing, who are afraid to walk down the street, who’ve had to fight for every moment of being seen as who they are. For anyone like me who grew up or is still growing up believing that, because we are of color, because we are queer, because we are both, the world will not allow us any story but the one it has already written for us. I wrote this book to be one more voice reminding us that our stories are ours, that we deserve our own fairy tales.


To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseperable. Roses grow out of Miel's wrist, and rumors say she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town.

But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel's skin, and they're willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up. 

About the Author

Anna-Marie McLemore’s debut novel The Weight of Feathers was a Junior Library Guild Selection, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults book, and a finalist for the William C. Morris Debut Award. When the Moon Was Ours is her second novel.


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