Bestselling and award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson will come to McLean & Eakin in Petoskey on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Anderson will be at the store  to celebrate her latest novel for teens, The Impossible Knife of Memory. This is a free event for children and teens and is best suited for ages 12 and up.

The Impossible Knife of Memory centers around the story of Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, who have been on the road for the past five years, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.

Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? The Impossible Knife of Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.

Laurie Halse Anderson has received both the Margaret Edwards Award and the ALAN Award for her contributions to young adult literature. She has also been honored by the National Coalition Against Censorship in recognition of her fight to combat the censoring of literature. She is the author of the National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor Book Speak and of four other much acclaimed young adult novels she and her husband live in northern New York State. Follow Laurie on Twitter @halseanderson and visit her at

For more information on the event, please contact McLean & Eakin at 231-347-1180 or send us an email.