coyleNot long ago, Rolling Stone published a list of the 40 Best YA Novels.

One of the books on that list was the just-released Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle.

She’s a former student of Professor Cathy Day, and she’s coming to Indiana.

Thursday, February 5, 7:30pm at UIndy, Schwitzer Student Union 010.

Road trip?

Prof. Day is organizing a trip to UIndy to hear Coyle read from her work. If you’re interested in going, email her at cday ((at)) bsu dot. edu and she will organize a caravan. Please let her know if you’re able to drive a vehicle.

Who is Katie Coyle?

Katie Coyle grew up in Fair Haven, New Jersey and has an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. Her debut novel, Vivian Apple at the End of the World, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in January 2015. Her short fiction has appeared in One Story, The Southeast Review, Cobalt, and Critical Quarterly. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and blogs at

What is the book about?

from the jacket:

“Seventeen-year-old Vivian Apple never believed in the evangelical Church of America, unlike her recently devout parents.

But when Vivian returns home the night after the supposed “Rapture,” all that’s left of her parents are two holes in the roof.

Suddenly, she doesn’t know who or what to believe.

With her best friend Harp and a mysterious ally, Peter, Vivian embarks on a desperate cross-country roadtrip through a paranoid and panic-stricken America to find answers. Because at the end of the world, Vivan Apple isn’t looking for a savior. She’s looking for the truth.”

How can I read this book?

If you’d like to read the book before the trip, you can find it on Amazon or iBooks.

You can read the first chapter here.

Prof. Day has a copy in her office, 297 RB.

vivian coverWhat are the reviewers saying about Vivian Apple?

* “Skillful plot twists, mordant humor, and careful characterizations make this a memorable coming-of-age story and noteworthy debut.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review*
“A gritty, often troubling work that is nevertheless infused with humor and heart.”
Booklist, starred review
“For readers who like their realistic fiction with a whopping side of satire.”
“Coyle’s debut is a unique and unpredictable apocalypse story steeped in tension and creepy atmosphere, with intelligent commentary on Fundamentalism and corporate influence in America; it’s also an empowering coming-of-age adventure starring a relatable protagonist .”
—Horn Book Magazine


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