Shut the Door, the New York Post says, is "a raw and disturbing portrayal of a suburban family" in one of the most impressive debut novels ever written by a teenager.
Lilliana and Vivian are two teenage sisters struggling to carve out their identities as young adults in a household spiraling out of control, taking risks and undergoing disturbing transformations that go unchallenged by their emotionally absent parents. Beatrice and Harry's marriage is disintegrating, and their daughters so desperately need the safe harbor no longer. As the girls test boundaries and push boundaries, their silent cry for help is lost in the apathy which has crept into their family life. The prolonged absence of Harry on a business trip ultimately gives the impetus to re-evaluate family roles and relationships—and the choices made are shocking. This evocative family portrait in the vein of American Beauty reveals just what happens when our support system falls apart and we become emotionally disconnected from those we love most.... Read More