THE INNOCENCE TREATMENT
About the Book:
Title: THE INNOCENCE TREATMENT
Author: Ari Goelman
Pub. Date: October 17, 2017
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD, Goodreads
You may believe the government protects you, but only one girl knows how they use you.
Lauren has a disorder that makes her believe everything her friends tell her–and she believes everyone is her friend. Her innocence puts her at constant risk, so when she gets the opportunity to have an operation to correct her condition, she seizes it. But after the surgery, Lauren is changed. Is she a paranoid lunatic with violent tendencies? Or a clear-eyed observer of the world who does what needs to be done?
Told in journal entries and therapy session transcripts, The Innocence Treatment is a collection of Lauren’s papers, annotated by her sister long after the events of the novel. A compelling YA debut thriller that is part speculative fiction and part shocking tell-all of genetic engineering and government secrets, Lauren’s story is ultimately an electrifying, propulsive, and spine-tingling read.
I’m Ari Goelman. I write fantasy novels. Stories, too.
My latest novel, due out in October, 2017, is The Innocent Treatment. Lauren Fielding is a sixteen-year-old high school student with a cognitive disability – she believes everything her friends tell her, and she believes that everyone is her friend. A cutting edge medical treatment helps Lauren, but after the treatment her mental condition soon veers into paranoia. Or does it? The Innocent Treatment comes out in October, 2017, but in the meantime you can read (a little) more about Lauren here. (You can also pre-order a copy here.)
My first novel, The Path of Names came out a few years ago. It’s a middle grade fantasy / murder mystery / ghost story. You can read lots more about it here. Or you could just read the book. Honestly, that’s probably a better idea.
Here’s my blog and here’s a list of the short stories I’ve published, many of which you can read online for free.
So here’s a picture of my desk. It’s one of those desks with doors that close and it sits in the corner of my bedroom, a few feet from my bed. The inside of the desk is peppered with pictures and quotes that I’m meant to find inspiring, and the little shelf above the desk is filled with books on writing, a book of baby names (to help come up with character names) and notes from various writing workshops and classes I’ve taken over the years. Here’s the thing, though: I literally cannot remember the last time I wrote there or really did any work there at all. For years I’ve done the bulk of my writing at the kitchen table, or a coffee shop, or a local library. As in this picture:
I started writing the Innocent Treatment in the library of a local community college. Just thinking of it, reminds me of the powerful odor of mildew and cleaning product (which is why I stopped writing there). I ended up writing the bulk of THE INNOCENCE TREATMENT at the Hillcrest Branch of the Vancouver Public Library — not far from where my children were then in daycare. I find it easier to focus in public places where I’m away from the distraction of the endless tasks that beckon me at my own home. (That’s right, I find the Internet less distracting than a dishwasher that needs emptying.)
3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE INNOCENCE TREATMENT, US Only.
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Esperanza Gailliard says
Hey Ari, this one looks awesome! Can’t wait to get my eyes on it.
Penny Olson says
This book sounds really cool!