The Space Between

space_between_vanbaaleThe Space Between
Kali Van Baale

This is an important novel for parents and teenagers – for anyone who cares about what's happening in our schools and homes. After the recent horrific events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, revisiting Van Baale's novel, The Space Between shows that healing can and will happen even though it is a long and painful process.

Valentine’s Day in Middle America. Judith Elliott fixes breakfast for her affluent suburban family. She kisses them all goodbye, tends to the house, makes plans for later with her husband. Then comes the news: her teenage son, Lucas, has taken a gun to school. He has killed two other students, a teacher, and himself.

Judith, an ordinary wife and mother, must suddenly grapple with extraordinary grief and horror. As reporters gather and lawsuits loom, society shuts out the surviving members of the Elliott family—including husband and father Peter, and daughter and sister Lindsey—who are as blindsided by the tragedy as anyone. Judith struggles to be the center of what remains of her family, but finds herself plagued by doubts and unanswerable questions that may eventually disrupt her life more completely than the initial tragedy.

Kali VanBaale’s Fred Bonnie Award-winning first novel examines the aftermath of this modern nightmare with clear-eyed dramatic precision. It will leave every reader wondering what does indeed lurk in the dark but unknowable spaces that exist even between the most loving of family members.

2007 IPPY Silver Certificate for General Fiction

ISBN: 978-1-57966-058-8