Greenlawn author Gae Polisner will be launching her newest young adult novel “In Sight of Stars” (Wednesday Books, $18.99) at 7 p.m. March 13 at the Book Revue in Huntington.
It’s the story of high school senior and aspiring painter Klee Alden. When Klee’s dad kills himself and Klee and his mom move to the suburbs of New York City, all the change becomes too much for Klee and sparks an emotional breakdown. “He snaps in an act of self-harm,” Polisner says. “He just had things that were too hard pile on.”
The book is ultimately upbeat, tracing Klee’s recovery over a two-week period of inpatient therapy, and in the process readers also learn about artists, including Vincent Van Gogh.
“The whole story started out about art. It went from there,” Polisner says. “My mother is an artist; she often would talk to me about art and make me see paintings in a way I hadn’t seen before.”
The book is geared to ages 14 and older because it does involve strong language and sexual acivity. Book List gave the book a starred review.
“In Sight of Stars” is Polisner’s fourth young adult book. The others include “The Summer of Letting Go,” “The Pull of Gravity” and “The Memory of Things.”
The Book Revue is at 313 New York Ave., Huntington. 631- 271-1442, bookrevue.com. The event is free but to have the book signed it must be purchased at the Book Revue.