A Map Of The Known World by Lisa Sandell
Cora Bradley dreams of escape. Ever since her reckless older brother, Nate, died in a car crash, Cora has felt suffocated by her small town and high school. She seeks solace in drawing beautiful maps, envisioning herself in exotic locales. When Cora begins to fall for Damian, the handsome, brooding boy who was in the car with Nate the night he died, she uncovers her brother's secret artistic life and realizes she had more in common with him than she ever imagined. With stunning lyricism, Sandell weaves a tale of one girl's journey through the redemptive powers of art, friendship, and love.
They say no land remains to be discovered, no continent is left unexplored. But the whole world is out there, waiting, just waiting for me. I want to do things-I want to walk the rain-soaked streets of London, and drink mint tea in Casablanca. I want to wander the wastelands of the Gobi desert and see a yak. I think my life's ambition is to see a yak. I want to bargain for trinkets in an Arab market in some distant, dusty land. There's so much. But, most of all, I want to do things that will mean something.
I saw the book cover at Alea in one of Lookalike posts and have been in love with it since then. So yesterday I decided to check out the plot and it turned out to be very my type. I'm dying to know what Cora found out about her brother Nate through Damian and how she dealt with it after that. I also love how nostalgic it sounds, along with the sad but strong aura. Hopefully it's going to be a haunting book. Oh yeah, ain't the title meaningful?
April 15th. You know where to get it : )