Sara Zarr: Your Spotlight is Ready

Sometimes, you buy an album because you liked the catchy song on the radio.

Sometimes, though, you pick it up because you saw the band playing at a local club and you had that sudden adrenalin rush of amazement, and you said to yourself, “I am onto something great here… something no one else has yet discovered.”

This may surprise you, but I don’t often buy fiction marketed to teenage girls. Nevertheless, I will be buying Story of a Girl, because I have had the good fortune to meet Sara Zarr.

Sara is a young woman of formidable talent, piercing insight, and an imagination so big that only her heart out-sizes it. And she keeps a lively, personal, entertaining blog. I met her at the Glen Workshop in Santa Fe in 2005, and one of the highlights of returning to that workshop in 2006 was getting to talk with her again. She is a writer who has no doubt at all about what she was born to do — she was born to write compelling stories that have the potential to become guiding lights for young women. But don’t let that stop you if you don’t fit the profile. Like stories by Madeleine L’Engle and Dodie Smith (I Capture the Castle), her stories about girls-becoming-women will delight and inspire readers of all ages.

I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Story of a Girl for your daughter, your granddaughter, your neice, your wife, your mom… or, gentlemen, even for yourself.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • klaas

    ah, umbilical cords…. I quickly scanned your posts and wondered what ‘unbiblical cords’ were….

  • jasdye

    i thought it was a lazy news mistake – and maybe a bit biased. but then again, maybe not.

    but not really funny haha funny, spit the coffee out your nose funny.

    now, if robertson were quoted here…

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    Your day will come, Mike Harris-Stone. Your day will come.

  • Mike Harris-Stone

    I’m not a teenage girl either, but I’m looking forward to this so much too. And Chris is right, there really is something neat about buying a friend’s book in a store. I’ve been able to do that four or five times now, and each time it feels good! This is going to be an awesome year! We’ve got About a Girl and Through a Glass Darkly coming. I can feel the glow already! And Aurelia is out there somewhere too.

  • Chris (now in Denver)

    As fans of Sara and her PG-13 personality, my wife and I are looking forward to walking into a bookstore in January, heading to the Young Adult “Z” section, and purchasing the book in person. There’s something very fulfilling about buying a friends work this way…

  • Sara Z.

    Thank you – you are too kind!

    The book is kinda PG-13, but then so am I…

    Doesn’t hit the shelves until January, but it can be pre-ordered now – yay!