Melody Maysonet has been an English teacher, editor, columnist, and ghostwriter. Currently, she volunteer teaches in a homeless shelter, but she devotes most of her time to writing fiction for young adults. She lives in Coconut Creek, Florida, with her husband and son. A Work of Art is her first novel.
"Maysonet honestly, yet delicately, highlights issues such as
victim-blaming, shame, and difficult sexual relationships."
--The Horn Book Magazine
"Maysonet's...prose is unflinching as it illuminates one girl's traumatic experience with deeply felt compassion and brutal honesty...gilded with resilience and hope. An important book about endings, beginnings and the choice to move on." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"Beautifully drawn, convincingly flawed characters create a world in which Tera's own childhood slowly moves from remembered happiness to dark understanding. This debut novel skillfully explores the consequences of self-deception, relationships, and the lengths we go to please the people we love." --Booklist
"This debut novel is a powerful story showing how a person can recreate memories to make sense of childhood until something happens to make that person face the truth.... The story may help those dealing with a crisis in their own lives." --VOYA Magazine
"Whatever Melody Maysonet wants to write next, I'm in. She's an author I can trust to make me hurt while I read and open my eyes a little more to the world around me." --YA Books Central
"Melody Maysonet does a great job with describing Tera's thoughts and emotions throughout her horrifying journey." --San Francisco Book Review
"Maysonet's novel and its unreliable narrator Tera will make a better human being out of any reader...you'll want to stay with Tera and watch her reclaim her art and her life. Absolutely one of the best dark contemporary novels of 2015." --YA Books Central