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RAFI MITTLEFEHLDT - It Looks Like This
Sunday, September 18th at 3PM
speaking & signing
It Looks Like This
Join us this afternoon in welcoming Rafi Mittlefehldt for his debut YA novel, It Looks Like This! Mike is learning how to navigate the pressures of his father, his small town evangelical church, and his own self when he meets Sean. They soon become inseparable, but there are always watchful eyes to look out for. Come out to celebrate this heartfelt, lyrical novel. Austin’s Out Youth will be in attendance with more information about LGBTQIA activism in Austin.
ABOUT IT LOOKS LIKE THIS
A new state, a new city, a new high school. Mike’s father has already found a new evangelical church for the family to attend, even if Mike and his plainspoken little sister, Toby, don’t want to go. Dad wants Mike to ditch art for sports, to toughen up, but there’s something uneasy behind his demands. Then Mike meets Sean, the new kid, and “hey” becomes games of basketball, partnering on a French project, hanging out after school. A night at the beach. The fierce colors of sunrise. But Mike’s father is always watching. And so is Victor from school, cell phone in hand. In guarded, Carveresque prose that propels you forward with a sense of stomach-dropping inevitability, Rafi Mittlefehldt tells a wrenching tale of first love and loss that exposes the undercurrents of a tidy suburban world. Heartbreaking and ultimately life-affirming, It Looks Like This is a novel of love and family and forgiveness—not just of others, but of yourself.
ABOUT RAFI MITTLEFEHLDT
Rafi Mittlefehldt has worked as a reporter for a small-town newspaper in central Texas and has freelanced as a theater critic for Exeunt magazine. This is his debut novel. Raised in Austin, Texas, he works in book publishing and lives in New York City.
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