Kristen-Paige Madonia is the recipient of the Sewanee Writers' Conference Tennessee Williams Scholarship and the New Orleans Literary Festival/Tennessee Williams Fiction Prize. She is a graduate of the California State University, Long Beach MFA program, and her short fiction has been published in New Orleans Review, American Fiction: Best Previously Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers, and Sycamore Review, among others. She has been awarded fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Hedgebrook Writers' Retreat, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Studios of Key West. She currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she teaches creative writing. Visit her at KristenPaigeMadonia.com.
"Kristen-Paige Madonia is a remarkable young novelist. Her writing is luminous, her voice original, and the journey she takes us on, compelling. From the first page she pulls the reader into a world of authentic characters we've never met before, characters living real and complicated lives, and she doesn't let go. Sure to appeal to both teens and adults who will want to read it again, just as I did. What a thrill to discover this talented writer."--Judy Blume
Gr 10 Up-Lemon is in the middle of her senior year of high school and pregnant. The baby's father is a sleazy tattoo artist who her mom, Stella, was kind of dating. Lemon is not one to wear her heart on her sleeve, and on the surface seems relatively unfazed by her situation. After moving so many times with Stella, she decides to set out again, but this time with her friend Emmy instead. Lemon is hoping that the trip from Morgantown, West Virginia, to San Francisco will give her time to sort things out before the baby comes. More importantly, she hopes she'll be able to meet her father for the first time. Fingerprints focuses on Lemon's relationships and the powerful moments she experiences along her journey. An unexpected pregnancy is a common predicament for characters of YA lit, yet Lemon's story is original and multidimensional. Madonia lets readers get to know the teen, with attention to dialogue both internal and external. Readers will appreciate the candidness of the writing. This compelling debut novel is sure to appeal to readers looking to connect with a protagonist who takes some time to open up to them.-Emily Chornomaz, Camden County Library System, NJ (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.