Spotlight and Giveaway: The Tragic Age by Stephen Metcalfe

Hi friends! I’m kicking off the week with a giveaway of a new YA contemporary debut. Stephen Metcalfe’s coming-of-age novel The Tragic Age looks like it has the potential to be a big deal, and got my attention with the bold comparison “The Catcher in the Rye meets The Outsiders.” (In a starred review Kirkus likens it to Less Than Zero, which I think is perfect) It’s about a boy who’s just going through the motions after the death of his twin and the implosion of his parents’ marriage. He falls in with a new crowd and sees new life possibilities that will either be his salvation or his ultimate downfall. Read on to find out more about the book and how to win a copy for yourself!

About the book:

the tragic age


This is the story of Billy Kinsey, heir to a lottery fortune, part genius, part philosopher and social critic, full time insomniac and closeted rock drummer. Billy has decided that the best way to deal with an absurd world is to stay away from it. Do not volunteer. Do not join in. Billy will be the first to tell you it doesn’t always work— not when your twin sister, Dorie, has died, not when your unhappy parents are at war with one another, not when frazzled soccer moms in two ton SUVs are more dangerous than atom bombs, and not when your guidance counselor keeps asking why you haven’t applied to college. Billy’s life changes when two people enter his life. Twom Twomey is a charismatic renegade who believes that truly living means going a little outlaw. Twom and Billy become one another’s mutual benefactor and friend. At the same time, Billy is reintroduced to Gretchen Quinn, an old and adored friend of Dorie’s. It is Gretchen who suggests to Billy that the world can be transformed by creative acts of the soul. With Twom, Billy visits the dark side. And with Gretchen, Billy experiences possibilities. Billy knows that one path is leading him toward disaster and the other toward happiness. The problem is—Billy doesn’t trust happiness. It’s the age he’s at.  The tragic age.

Stephen Metcalfe’s brilliant, debut coming-of-age novel, The Tragic Age, will teach you to learn to love, trust and truly be alive in an absurd world.

The Tragic Age by Stephen Metcalfe

On Sale: March 3, 2015

St. Martin’s Griffin

Hardcover, 320 pages

Find the book: Goodreads * Amazon * B&N * IndieBound

Meet the author: Blog * Twitter * Facebook

Intrigued? St. Martin’s Griffin is offering three copies of The Tragic Age to three lucky readers. Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents and runs until Feb. 17.

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6 thoughts on “Spotlight and Giveaway: The Tragic Age by Stephen Metcalfe

  1. anne says:

    A captivating and fascinating book. Thanks for this feature and giveaway.

  2. Gosh. It just sounds like something I have to read.

    I loves tons: Winger, Aristotle & Dante, the Summer I turned Pretty….

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  3. Cherie Saylor Garrett says:

    Looks like a book that my students will like as week as me.

  4. Alejandra Corbella says:

    I wold love to read this book, it sounds very interesting. I have a twin sister so I can feel kind of related

  5. bn100 says:

    the main character sounds interesting

  6. Kimberly V says:

    My favorite coming of age novel is On the Road.

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