Rosalie Knecht is a social worker and translator in New York City. She was born and raised in Pennsylvania and is the translator of Cesar Aira’s The Seamstress and the Wind. Relief Map is her first novel.
“The relationships between sixteen-year-old Livy Marko, her best friend Nelson, and their contrasting parents—hers are too lax; his are too strict—are forever altered when they become caught up in a robbery and kidnapping that go awry. The dying rust-belt town of Lomath, Pennsylvania, is road-blocked and its electricity cut off while the FBI conducts a house-by-house search for an international criminal who is believed to be hiding nearby. As the town lockdown continues, paranoia grows, long-hidden secrets are revealed, and Livy and Nelson learn that even unintentional actions can have irreparable consequences. This suspenseful microcosm of teenage ennui and isolation surprises the reader with a fresh premise and likeable characters—an impressive debut of literary fiction with a strong YA crossover.”
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