Praise for Z Egloff’s debut novel, Verge: “Verge has heart and wit and intelligence.” —Emma Donoghue, author of Room
“Verge is powerful, quirky, and fresh . . . Z Egloff creates a rich, inclusive world and a heroine who’s one of the most endearingly fallible characters I’ve met in a long time.” —Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home
“With Verge, Z Egloff enters the ring of fiction with the assurance of an old hand . . . This is a talented writer . . .” —Carol Anshaw, author of Aquamarine?
Summer 1979. Rowan Marks is done with high school. Next comes college. And in between there’s a yawning gulf—the last carefree summer vacation. At least, it should be carefree. But Rowan’s older brother Ben is smoking way too much pot. Her best friend Danny is in love with her. And Catherine, the new girl in their small Ohio town, rubs her the wrong way. Well, that’s OK. Rowan can deal. She’s got it all worked out. Then everything turns on its head. Catherine steals her heart, Danny falls out with her, and Ben crashes the family car, ripping the family secrets bare. All of a sudden, Rowan has a stark choice—is she going to grow up or give up?
Z Egloff is an exciting new talent. Leap is an accomplished follow-up to her first novel, Verge, which won the Bywater Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award.