The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman

A Novel

2017 Independent Press Awards Distinguished Favorites: Science Fiction
2017 Independent Press Awards: New Fiction (First Time Published), Winner
2016 New Apple Annual Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing: Young Adult Science Fiction Medalist Winner

Fifteen-year-old Courtney Hoffman is determined not to go insane like her crazy grandfather did―right before he tried to drown her when she was seven. But something is happening to her. She’s being visited in her bedroom at night by aliens who claim to have shared an alliance with her now-dead grandfather. And Courtney knows that aliens aren’t real, which means she must be going crazy. And her mother and her new boyfriend have zero tolerance for craziness.

Then Courtney meets Agatha Kirlich, a mysterious older girl with sleuthing skills and alien-obsession issues of her own, and together―armed with ancient stories of a human-alien bloodline, a few photographs, and the creepy tattoo left on Courtney’s rib cage by her grandfather before he disappeared―the girls embark on a mission to uncover the truth about Courtney’s alien visitors. Ultimately, Courtney must put her fears aside, defy her mother, embrace her true identity, and risk everything in order to save herself―and the world.

Publication Date: June 7, 2016

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2017 Independent Press Awards Distinguished Favorites: Science Fiction
2017 Independent Press Awards: New Fiction (First Time Published), Winner
2016 New Apple Annual Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing: Young Adult Science Fiction Medalist Winner
Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2016: Finalist in the First Novel category
Readers’ Favorite Awards 2016: Finalist in Young Adult Fiction
2017 International Book Awards: Finalist in Science Fiction & fantasy

“If you love Stranger Things, read The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman.”
Elle magazine

“Chock-full of sharp tonal contrast . . . This debut novel fuses a serious issue―the stigma of mental illness―with sci-fi to chronicle a girl’s unusual coming of age.”
Kirkus Reviews

“This novel has a breakneck pace and Stefani’s writing is fluid and perfectly suited to this most extraordinary tale that blends the coming of age, adventure, science fiction, and post-apocalyptic genres―and it all works beautifully.”
Readers’ Favorite, Five Stars

“Brady G. Stefani’s The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman finds a way to thread together a fast-paced young adult novel feel with a substantive agenda. Stefani’s storytelling skills and elegantly simple language immediately get you involved in an emotional, suspenseful, off-balance reading experience that is equal parts drama and science fiction.”
―Ian Kahl, author of Anxiety is a Rambling Dagger, and That Faraway Place

“Beyond our everyday world there lies the alternative reality of childhood, a universe populated by strange beings and powered by our collective imaginations. The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman is a doorway for readers of all ages that returns us to that world from which so many have become disconnected. Brady G. Stefani’s ability to connect us to that larger, weirder reality is a gift from an ever-changing, ultimately unknowable cosmos.”
―John E. L. Tenney, Paranormal Researcher

“Stefani’s The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman is a thought-provoking and emotional journey through a young girl’s mind as she struggles to understand who she is, where she came from, and who she is supposed to be―all while deciphering between reality and the tricks our minds can sometimes play on us. Stefani beautifully demonstrates how difficult life can be for anyone who thinks or acts a little differently, and reminds us that, more often than not, the things that terrify us the most are the things trying to save us.”
―Jessica Stevens, author of Within Reach

“As the father of two teenage girls, I can tell you that Brady Stefani must have some sort of supernatural helmet that helps him think and write in their language. But The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman is much more than a novel for teens. This fast-paced adventure kept my attention, blazing back-and-forth from reality to an alter-world so close by that it’s creepy. Here’s a page-turner that captures a lot about childhood struggles through an imaginative story filled with surprises.”
―Jim Schaefer, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and writer for the Detroit Free Press

“Brady Stefani has written a wonderful coming-of-age tale of an adolescent girl who is struggling to grasp what is real and what is not real. While conveying the actual inner experience of an adolescent is a difficult task, because of the unconscious and incomprehensible facets of the mind, Stefani uses a scientific metaphor to accurately convey the demands, perils, and triumphs of adolescence that must be traversed to become an adult. With The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman, Stefani has achieved an important literary form that will be of interest to adolescent and adult readers alike.”
―Melvin Bornstein, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Wayne State University, Training and Supervising Analyst at Michigan Psychoanalytical Institute, and editor of Psychoanalytic Inquiry

About the Author

Brady G. Stefani has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing, and a graduate degree in law. During law school, he spent time as an involuntary commitment caseworker for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, where he interacted with patients suffering from severe thought disorders, including numerous patients presenting with subjectively real memories of being visited and abducted by alien beings (commonly referred to as alien abduction phenomenon). It was through his study of these patients, along with his own struggles with anxiety and cognition, that Stefani became aware of just how deceiving, mysterious, and powerfully resilient the human mind can be. After law school, Stefani wrote and directed a feature film, The Wind Cried Larry, which received honorable mentions at the East Lansing Film Festival. In addition to working on a second YA novel that continues the storyline from The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman, Stefani continues to write YA fiction for his website, exploring issues of mental health in the context of our boundary-less imaginations.

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