Happy Friday, all! Congrats to Elizabeth Wilson, who’s won Real-Life Monsters and Mythical Beasts. Elizabeth, send your address to email@example.com and we’ll get your books in the mail!
This week, we’re giving away a Lab™ novel: Emily Franklin’s Last Night at the Circle Cinema!
Olivia, Bertucci, and Codman were the trio no one else in high school could quite figure out, an impenetrable triangle of friendship. Now they’re graduating and about to start new lives away at college and without one another. Beyond their friendship, there’s one thing they have in common: the Circle Cinema, a once-thriving old movie theater now reduced to a boarded up concrete box, condemned and about to be forgotten forever—which is, as far as Olivia and Codman can tell, a lot like what’s going to happen to them.
So in one last desperate effort to hold on to the secrets they share, Bertucci hatches a plan—an experiment, really. He convinces Olivia and Codman to join him in spending their last night before graduation locked inside the cinema’s concrete walls. None of them can open the box before sunrise. Over the course of the night, the trio is then forced to face one another, the events of the past year, and whatever is to come when the new day dawns.
Emily Franklin’s Last Night at the Circle Cinema is the story of a friendship’s end and moving rebirth.
Circle Cinema was a September ALAN pick, and is also a pretty great book to read around Halloween, if you ask us.