Mike Albo delivers a thrilling transdimensional love story in what can best be described as The Breakfast Club meets Brit Marling's The OA, as five teens travel across the astral plane at different points in the past, present, and future of the rapidly changing Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.
Renaldo Calabasas may be the most talented writer Heron High has produced. But at the height of the AIDS crisis and amidst the homophobia present most everywhere in 1986, not many of his fellow students seem to agree. But something changes the night Rene is struck by lightning and only his closest friend, Katie, and love interest, Tommy, can tell he's undergone some inexplicable transformation. Meanwhile in 2036, Heron High students Priss and Gaye survive an ongoing plague called "The Virus" as they try to solve the mystery of what happened fifty years earlier in what locals affectionately call "The Murder House." At the scene of the crimes, they happen upon an old self-help novel that is effectively a guide to transdimensional travel. As bodies and minds merge and travel across the astral plane, the characters discover that they are not as isolated as they often feel and that the shadow chasing them all might very well be a reflection of their own darkest secrets.
About the Author
Mike Albo is the author of two novels, Hornito (HarperCollins) and The Underminer: The Best Friend Who Casually Destroys Your Life (Bloomsbury, co-written with Virginia Heffernan), as well as the novella The Junket and the short memoir Spermhood: Diary of a Donor (both Kindle Singles). He has written for The New York Times, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, Town & Country, TED.com, and many other outlets. As a performer, he has presented more than seven solo shows, including Spermhood and The Junket, which appeared Off Broadway in 2014, and regularly performs comedy at Joe's Pub. website: mikealbo.net. IG and Twitter: @albomike
A Town & Country Must-Read Book for Winter 2023
"The narrative’s myriad alternating perspectives and well-plotted timeline smartly propel intense action, and references to the AIDS crisis and an unnamed 2044 virus grounds this imaginative telling in contemporary reality." —Publishers Weekly
"Albo explores the universal emotions of adolescence that not only span time and dimension but are ultimately connected in this lucid and thought-provoking novel with appealing and sympathetic characters." —Booklist
"It all comes together in a remarkably smooth way, the layers of story building to an appropriately tragic and beautifully sculpted conclusion . . . while science fiction buffs may be the most likely audience, romance readers will also find a stunning love story within the shifting timelines." —Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books