Meri Miller lives in Soldotna, Alaska. Never heard of it? That's because in Slow
dotna the most riveting activities for a teenager are salmon fishing and grabbing a Big Gulp at the local 7-Eleven. More than anything, Meri wants to hop in her VW Bug and head somewhere exciting, like New York or L.A. or any city
where going to the theater doesn't only mean the movies. Everything is so scripted here--don't have too
much fun, date this
guy because he's older and popular, stay put because that's what everyone else does.
But when her senior year should be all boys, SAT prep, and prom drama, Meri feels more and more distance between herself and the people she loves. Her grandma dies, her brother gets hurt, and even her best friend checks out to spend more time with some guy. As she struggles with family, grief, friends, and hormones, Meri must decide if she really is ready for the world beyond her backyard.
Meagan Macvie's debut novel, The Ocean in My Ears
, raises questions of love, purpose, and the power to choose your own future even when your future's the thing that scares you the most.