Bear Witness

A Novel

USA Book Awards 2015 Finalist in Fiction: Young Adult

“A portrait of heartbreak and resilience, and what happens to those left behind . . . a devastatingly good read.”
—Laura Fitzgerald, national bestselling author of Veil of Roses and Dreaming in English

Paige harbors a painful memory. Three years ago, she witnessed her best friend Robin’s abduction from a sleepover the girls were attending. Two weeks later, Robin’s body was found abandoned. The effects of this gruesome crime continue to ripple through the community, family and especially Paige’s life three years later. Struggling with debilitating flashbacks and immense guilt, Paige must continue to reconcile with her memories of the past and attempt to overcome the loss of innocence, her best friend, and her faith in the universe.

Author: Melissa Clark

Publication Date: April 7, 2015

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USA Book Awards 2015 Finalist in Fiction: Young Adult

“A portrait of heartbreak and resilience, and what happens to those left behind . . . a devastatingly good read.”
—Laura Fitzgerald, national bestselling author of Veil of Roses and Dreaming in English

“Melissa Clark’s Bear Witness takes a piercing look at the world of Paige Bellen, a young woman whose transition into adolescence is haunted by the kidnapping and death of her best friend: ‘One minute everything was normal and then a door opened and it was never the same.’ By presenting Paige’s narrative in reverse chronological order, Clark unsettles the normal and the ordinary, to reveal the cracks in such notions as safety, refuge and innocence. A harrowing, resonant portrait of girlhood trauma.”
—Rigoberto González, author of Butterfly Boy and The Mariposa Club

“Melissa Clark has crafted a perceptive and highly compelling story of a teenage girl, in the wake of a terrible trauma. It is an intense and emotional read, one that left me breathless. Bear Witness is a unique combination of page-turner and astutely worded character observation.” —Alan Lazar, author of Roam

“A glimpse inside an experience we all would hope never to have to explore. Melissa Clark has told a powerful story.”
—Davida Wills Hurwin, author of A Time for Dancing and Freaks and Revelations

About the Author

Melissa Clark is an author, television writer and college instructor. She is the author of the novels, “Swimming Upstream, Slowly,” and “Imperfect”. Her essay, “Rachael Ray Saved My Life” is included in the anthology “The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage.” She is also the creator of the animated television series, “Braceface,” starring the voice of Alicia Silverstone which aired on the ABC Family Channel, and has written scripts for “Rolie Polie Olie,” “Totally Spies,” “Sweet Valley High,” among others. Melissa teaches creative writing and literature courses at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

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