Somebody Up There Hates You - A Novel

Somobody Up There Hates You

— A novel by Hollis Seamon

Now available from Algonquin Young Readers

A novel by Hollis Seamon, now available for order from Algonquin Young Readers, IndieBound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell's, Workman ...



    Somebody Up There Hates You
    A novel by Hollis Seamon

    Hardcover ~ $16.95

    256 pages
    ISBN 978-1-61620-260-6

    Chemo, radiation, a zillion surgeries, watching my mom age twenty years in twenty months: if that’s part of the Big Dude’s plan, then it’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? Somebody Up There Hates You.

    SUTHY has landed me here in this hospice, where we—that’s me and Sylvie—are the only people under 30 in the whole place, sweartogod. But I’m not dead yet. I still need to keep things interesting. Sylvie, too. I mean, we’re kids, hospice-hostages or not. We freak out visitors; I get my uncle to sneak me out for one insane Halloween night. Stuff like that. And Sylvie wants to make things even more interesting. That girl’s got big plans.

    Only Sylvie’s father is so nuclear-blasted by what’s happened to his little girl, he glows orange, I swear. That’s one scary man, and he’s not real fond of me. So we got a major family feud going on, right here in hospice. DO NOT CROSS line running down the middle of the hall, me on one side, her on the other. It’s crazy.

    In the middle of all of this, really, there’s just me and Sylvie, a guy and a girl. And we want to live, in our way, by our own rules, in whatever time we’ve got. We will pack in some living before we go, trust me.


    "Even in hospice, a lot can happen in a short time . . . Being near death doesn't mean abandoning hope for the life that remains." 
    Publishers Weekly, starred review

    "Each character is vividly drawn, with a sharp, memorable voice that readers will love and remember. . . .  A fresh, inspiring story." 
    Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    "Heartfelt… The language is raw and even profane at times, but hardly inappropriate given the circumstances . . . This novel is respectful of its serious subject matter, yet is an entertaining and heartening read." 
    School Library Journal

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    Hollis Seamon is the author of a mystery novel, Flesh; a young adult novel, Somebody Up There HATES You (forthcoming, Algonquin Books); and a previous short story collection, Body Work. She has published short stories in many journals, including Bellevue Literary Review, Greensboro Review, Fiction International, Chicago Review, Nebraska Review, Persimmon Tree, and Calyx. Her work has been anthologized in The Strange History of Suzanne LaFleshe and Other Stories of Women and Fatness, A Line of Cutting Women, The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review, and Sacred Ground. She is a recipient of a fiction fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Seamon is Professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany NY and also teaches for the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Fairfield University, Fairfield CT. She lives in Kinderhook NY.