In this bright coming-of-age story, Suzen and Evan VanderZee are teenagers immersed in their own dramas while stuck within the confines of (mostly) ordinary family life: their father a professor longing to escape to Europe; their mother distracted by trying to help lost souls; and their two younger sisters, 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 also finding your way out .
Published by St. Martins’ Press, 2004
Departures was a 2004 Booklist Editor’s Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults.
Available in hardcover and paperback.