One For Sorrow

One For Sorrow

Christopher Barzak

Synopsis of One For Sorrow

Part thriller, part ghost tale, part love story, One for Sorrow is a novel as timeless as The Catcher in the Rye and as hauntingly lyrical as The Lovely Bones. Christopher Barzak's stunning debut tells of a teenage boy's coming-of-age that begins with a shocking murder and ends with a reason to hope.

Adam McCormick had just turned fifteen when the body was found in the woods. It is the beginning of an autumn that will change his life forever. Jamie Marks was a boy a lot like Adam, a boy no one paid much attention to...a boy almost no one would truly miss. And for the first time, Adam feels he has a purpose. Now, more than ever, Jamie needs a friend.

But the longer Adam holds on to Jamie's ghost, the longer he keeps his friend tethered to a world where he no longer belongs...and the weaker Adam's own ties to the living become. Now, to find his way back, Adam must learn for himself what it truly means to be alive.

Reviews of One For Sorrow


...well crafted, sensitive and literary, as well as suitably pulpy in places. -- Paul Di Filippo,

..a considerable achievement, a lyrical ghost story as moving...and it is unsettling. -- Elizabeth Hand, The Village Voice

No matter where you grew up, you will be able to empathize with Adam's struggles as he comes to terms with his family, his friend's death and his place in the world. -- Mike Prelee, Tales From The Rust Belt