Ruby Chernyavsky has been told the stories since she was a child: The women inher family, once possessed of great magical abilities to remake lives and stave offdeath itself, were forced to flee their Russian home for America in order to escapethe fearful men who sought to destroy them. Such has it always been, Ruby’s beentold, for powerful women. Today, these stories seem no more real to Ruby thanfolktales, except for the smallest bit of power left in their blood: when each of themcomes ofage, she will have a vision of who she will be when she dies—a destiny asinescapable as it is inevitable. Ruby is no exception, and neither is her mother,although she ran from her fate years ago, abandoning Ruby and her sisters. It’s afool’s errand, because they all know the truth: there is no escaping one’s Time.
Until Ruby’s great-aunt Polina passes away, and, for the first time, a Chernyavsky’sdeath does not match her vision. Suddenly, things Ruby never thought she’d beallowed to hope for—life, love, time—seem possible. But as she and her cousin Cecebegin to dig into the family’s history to find out whether they, too, can change theirfates, they learn that nothing comes without a cost. Especially not hope.
Rebecca Podos’ debut novel, THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES, was a Junior Library Guild Selection and a B&N Best YA Book of 2016. Her second book, LIKE WATER, won the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Children’s and Young Adult. THE WISE AND THE WICKED, her third novel, is forthcoming in May 2019.
A graduate of the Writing, Literature and Publishing Program at Emerson College and the Creative Writing Program at College of Santa Fe, Rebecca’s fiction has been published in journals like Glimmer Train, Paper Darts, and Smokelong Quarterly. By day, she works as a YA and MG agent at the Rees Literary Agency in Boston.
You can find her website here.