Fifteen-year-old Nina and her family are struggling to hold things together in the wake of the accidental death of her brother several years earlier. Seeking refuge in art, Nina's mother has painted a series of nude portraits of her remaining child. As these haunting images go public, Nina is forced to deal with her burgeoning sexuality in front of a large and critical audience. With tension in the family at a breaking point, the portrait entitled Nina: Adolescence provokes a situation that will be either the engine of Nina's destruction or the catalyst that enables her to finally surmount tragedy.
In this mesmerizing first novel, Amy Hassinger captures the cruelties and passions of adolescence with eloquence, tenderness and a fearless sensuality. In Nina, she has created an unforgettable character and launched a stunning new career.
"An unsettling and acutely sensitive debut." (Booklist)
"Tender and brutal... and very honest." (Chris Offutt, author)
"Stage and screen actress Mia Barron truly brings this troubled character to life in this eerily seductive narrative...an exceptional audio adaptation." (Publishers Weekly)
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Ugh, painful, and breathtaking
Engaging and Dark