Cora Bradley dreams of escape. Ever since her reckless older brother, Nate, died in a car crash, Cora has felt suffocated by her small town and high school. She seeks solace in drawing beautiful maps, envisioning herself in exotic locales. When Cora begins to fall for Damian, the handsome, brooding boy who was in the car with Nate the night he died, she uncovers her brother’s secret artistic life and realizes she had more in common with him than she ever imagined. With stunning lyricism, Sandell weaves a tale of one girl’s journey through the redemptive powers of art, friendship, and love.
They say no land remains to be discovered, no continent is left unexplored. But the whole world is out there, waiting, just waiting for me. I want to do things-I want to walk the rain-soaked streets of London, and drink mint tea in Casablanca. I want to wander the wastelands of the Gobi desert and see a yak. I think my life’s ambition is to see a yak. I want to bargain for trinkets in an Arab market in some distant, dusty land. There’s so much. But, most of all, I want to do things that will mean something.
As many of you know, Lisa Ann Sandell is my very best friend, and so I have known Cora for quite a bit longer than those of you who are just now meeting her. I’m so happy to finally have a chance to host her here at MacLeanSpace! (Although, I will say that I’m bummed that she was so tight-lipped about her gorgeous boyfriend, Damien, but I will leave that for another time.
What is your favorite word?
Crisp. It sounds like exactly what it means.
What is your least favorite word?
Freak. It’s just plain ugly.
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
maps; the notion of traveling; interesting, spicy smells; looking at art. Pablo Picasso is my favorite artist, and when I see his paintings, I feel so
What turns you off?
Shrill, shouting, shrieking mothers.
What is your favorite curse word?
Does “crap” count as a curse word?
What sound or noise do you love?
I love the sound of ice skates scratching against the surface of an icy pond, and I love the rustling whisper of autumn leaves before they fall off their branches.
What sound or noise do you hate?
I hate the screeching and wailing of tires.
What profession would you like to attempt?
I am going to be an artist.
Or I promise I’ll die trying.
What profession would you not like to do?
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive
at the Pearly Gates?
Cora, your brother Nate’s been waiting for you.
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