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When You and I Collide

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A race against time, war, and the very fabric of the universe itself.

Sixteen-year-old Winnie Schulde has always seen splits--the moment when two possible outcomes diverge, one in her universe and one in another. Multiverse theory, Winnie knows, is all too real, though she has never been anything but an observer of its implications--a secret she keeps hidden from just about everyone, as she knows the uses to which it might be put in the midst of a raging WWII. But her physicist father, wrapped up in his research and made cruel by his grief after the loss of Winnie's mother, believes that if he pushes her hard enough, she can choose one split over another and maybe, just maybe, change their future and their past.

Winnie is certain that her father's theories are just that, so she plays along in an effort to placate him. Until one day, when her father's experiment goes wrong and Scott, the kind and handsome lab assistant Winnie loves from afar, is seriously injured. Without meaning to, Winnie chooses the split where Scott is unharmed. And in doing so, finds herself pulled into another universe, an alternate reality. One that already has a Winnie.

448 pages, Hardcover

First published June 8, 2021

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Kate Norris

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Kate Norris received her MFA in creative writing from Ohio State University, where she taught creative writing and served as fiction editor of The Journal. She first became intrigued by the weirdness of the quantum world while reading the works of physicists like Schrödinger, Fermi, Einstein, and Heisenberg as an undergrad at St. John's College, where she got the unique opportunity to perform experiments with the campus Faraday cage and attend parties in a Foucault pendulum pit.

But the true origin of her debut young adult sci fi novel, When You and I Collide, was a completely unscientific question: What would it be like to meet yourself? What if they were better looking than you, happier than you? What if they had everything you were missing?

When she's not writing (or reading), you’ll find her wandering near the lake with her greyhound Teddy, chomping a poke bowl in the park, or hitting a heavy bag.

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