Wandora Unit

Jessy Randall. The Wandora Unit. Ghost Road Press, October 2009. Hardback. $17.95. ISBN: 9780981652580.

Available from: Barnes and Noble, Amazon Marketplace, and maybe your local library. (If they don't have it, ask them to order it, and they just might.)

Advance praise:

"The Wandora Unit is like a John Hughes movie about the Bloomsbury Group. Funny, poetic and charming, Jessy Randall's novel about growing up in a literary magazine shows why the greatest friendships are the ones that can't last." -- Charlie Anders (Choir Boy, She's Such a Geek).

"Witty, lyrical, and shimmering with laugh-out-loud moments. This unconventional exploration of a friendship gone awry captures the everyday poetry of high school." -- Todd Mitchell (The Traitor King).

"Jessy Randall captures what is perfectly confusing, wonderful, and bittersweet about friendships and high school. -- Michelle Sewell (Just Like a Girl).

Advance press:
Colorado Springs Independent arts preview.

Excerpts from reviews:

"What makes [the book] sing is the pitch-perfect glimpse into the lives of precocious, intellectual teens who are, of course, just as confused, conflicted, and insecure as everyone else." -- Bitch Magazine.

"An implicitly feminist book from a hard-working small press that deserves a little attention" -- newsletter of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association.

"Comical, heart-breaking, and lyrical" -- Eclectica Magazine

"Brilliantly captures the essential qualities of high school friendships" -- Write4Children

"Full of interesting, offbeat characters, The Wandora Unit is a quiet study of relationships, group dynamics, teenage life in a small town, and how the people around us shape who we are. -- Teens Read Too

The poems [in the magazine at the end] are made of equal parts teen-age anxiety and aspiration, and they're good, too." -- Bookbag blog

"Chock full of great poetry." -- Colorado Springs Gazette

"I don't know if I've ever read a book that better or as unselfconsciously captures the intimacy and idiosyncrasies of a high school clique. ... The Galaxy crew have inside jokes, think they are the funniest and smartest people in the world, and they are doomed." -- lower east side librarian zine

Facebook quiz: Which character from The Wandora Unit are you?
Short interview with Noel Black in The Big Something, October 23, 2009.
Photo of the manuscript in process at Hit and Run.