Suzen and Evan VanderZee are teenage siblings immersed in their own dramas and new love, while stuck within the confines of (mostly) ordinary family life. Their father is a professor longing to escape to Europe, their mother distracted by trying to help lost souls, and their two younger sisters are a budding prodigy and a kindergartner who believes she’s been to Heaven. It’s a story about what it means to be part of a family while finding your way out at the same time.
Published by St. Martins’ Press, 2004
Departures was a 2004 Booklist Editor’s Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults.
Available in hardcover and paperback.