Catastrophe Theory: A Novel (Paperback)
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Due to a rare brain tumor, Vera Garcia’s soccer career is suddenly sidelined at the start of her senior year. When her single mother Eliza, terrified at the thought of losing her only daughter, clings too tightly, both Vera’s identity and her freedom are in jeopardy. They make it to St. Petersburg, Florida for surgery, just as Hurricane Phoenix’s trajectory turns directly toward them. As it churns closer and closer, past and present collide in a whirlwind of love, betrayal, and illusion. Will they succumb to loss, or like the phoenix, reinvent themselves,
rewrite their stories, and rise anew?
About the Author
Rebecca Lowry Warchut brings characters and stories to life. For almost two decades, she’s done this in the classroom and on the stage, and now she does it again in her debut novel Catastrophe Theory, inspired by the Dali museums in Florida and Spain. An alumni of Wake Forest University, Teach for America, and Bank Street College of Education, she currently teaches writing and social studies in Simsbury, Connecticut. She nurtures young voices by serving on the 2022 Girls Write Now Anthology Editorial Committee and running a NaNoWriMo Club. Rebecca lives in West Hartford, Connecticut.
“From Surrealism, to the history of the banyan tree, to extreme storms, Warchut expertly covers a lot of fascinating territory in her debut novel. Catastrophe Theory is a triumph.” —Chandra Prasad, Author of Mercury Boys and Damselfly
“A beautifully-written modern saga of mother and daughter, told with grace and humor and wit. This book's finely-wrought portrayals of old friendships and young love reminds us of what binds us together and also what can tear us apart... and keeps you on your toes til the final page!” —Cambra Overend, Producer, SRO Productions “In her stunning debut novel Catastrophe Theory, Rebecca Lowry Warchut weaves a vivid world of fascinating characters and the unexpected ties that connect them all. At the Dali Museum in the eye of a hurricane, the real and surreal combine, revealing that the truths of life often exist somewhere between the two.” —Sydney Shepherd, Bandits on the Run