When Curtis Brooks starts receiving phone calls from his older brother Wilt, who’s been dead a week, he’s sure it’s to help him find evidence that will lead to a murderer’s arrest. But Wilt claims he wasn’t murdered; his calling, meant to help him adjust, is standard protocol for newly deceased at the Aftermart a kind of inescapable, ever-expanding Walmart filled with discontinued products.
Wilt’s death ruled a homicide, Curtis embarks on a dangerous plan to find the killer, which soon has him scheming against a billionaire and floundering toward love with his brother’s ex-girlfriend Suzy, all while struggling through high school and his single mom’s poor choices.
Why does Wilt help Curtis win over Suzy, even as he organizes a rebellion at the Aftermart? Who’d wanted him dead? Curtis risks his life to answer these questions, in the process forging a bond with his brother unlike any they’ve ever had.
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A New Yorker by birth, Eric Laster lives in Los Angeles, where he pens fiction and provides strategic writing services to select clients. After a successful stint as a ghostwriter, Eric re-launched under his own name with the middle-grade novel Welfy Q. Deederhoth: Meat Purveyor, World Savior. Whenever he s not scribing, he records punk rock and presses it to vinyl.
"Eric Laster has a way of writing that cuts straight to the heart....Each of the conflicts the characters encounter are so relatable it's hard to stop reading....[Static] dives deep into human emotion in a realistic way void of gushy sentiment, and begs the reader to empathize and take perspective on what it is to have a disability or lose someone....I recommend reading this page turner."
Five stars from examiner.com!
"#Static is an engaging and creative story that will have young adults thinking about their own lives."
"Original and unfailingly entertaining from first page to last, Static by Eric Laster is deftly crafted and highly recommended for personal reading lists, as well as school and community library YA fiction collections."-- Midwest Book Review
"Unusual and unpredictable....The posthumous bond formed between the brothers is touching and the mystery a genuine surprise." -- Kirkus Reviews
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