The wise and the wicked /

by Podos, Rebecca [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]Edition: First edition.Description: 358 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780062699022; 0062699024.Subject(s): Extrasensory perception -- Juvenile fiction | Sisters -- Juvenile fiction | Families -- Juvenile fiction | Fate and fatalism -- Juvenile fiction | Vendetta -- Juvenile fiction | Extrasensory perception -- Fiction | Sisters -- Fiction | Family life -- Fiction | Fate and fatalism -- Fiction | Vendetta -- Fiction | Young adult fiction | Young adult works | Fiction | Juvenile works | Novels | Paranormal fiction | Romance fiction | Paranormal fiction | Romance fiction | NovelsSummary: "Ruby Chernyavsky has been told the stories since she was a child: The women in her family, once possessed of great magical abilities to remake lives and stave off death itself, were forced to flee their Russian home for America in order to escape the fearful men who sought to destroy them. Such has it always been, Ruby's been told, for powerful women. Today, these stories seem no more real to Ruby than folktales, except for the smallest bit of power left in their blood: when each of them comes of age, she will have a vision of who she will be when she dies--a destiny as inescapable 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 a fool'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's death does not match her vision. Suddenly, things Ruby never thought she'd be allowed to hope for--life, love, time--seem possible. But as she and her cousin Cece begin to dig into the family's history to find out whether they, too, can change their fates, they learn that nothing comes without a cost. Especially not hope."-- Provided by publisher.
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<p>Rebecca Podos, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of Like Water, returns with a lush, dark, and unforgettable story of the power of the past to shape our futures--and the courage it takes to change them.</p> <p>Ruby Chernyavsky has been told the stories since she was a child: The women in her family, once possessed of great magical abilities to remake lives and stave off death itself, were forced to flee their Russian home for America in order to escape the fearful men who sought to destroy them.</p> <p>Such has it always been, Ruby's been told, for powerful women.</p> <p>Today, these stories seem no more real to Ruby than folktales, except for the smallest bit of power left in their blood: when each of them comes of age, she will have a vision of who she will be when she dies--a destiny as inescapable as it is inevitable.</p> <p>Ruby is no exception, and neither is her mother, although she ran from her fate years ago, abandoning Ruby and her sisters. It's a fool's errand, because they all know the truth: there is no escaping one's Time.</p> <p>Until Ruby's great-aunt Polina passes away, and, for the first time, a Chernyavsky's death does not match her vision. Suddenly, things Ruby never thought she'd be allowed to hope for--life, love, time--seem possible.</p> <p>But as she and her cousin Cece begin to dig into the family's history to find out whether they, too, can change their fates, they learn that nothing comes without a cost. Especially not hope.</p>

"Ruby Chernyavsky has been told the stories since she was a child: The women in her family, once possessed of great magical abilities to remake lives and stave off death itself, were forced to flee their Russian home for America in order to escape the fearful men who sought to destroy them. Such has it always been, Ruby's been told, for powerful women. Today, these stories seem no more real to Ruby than folktales, except for the smallest bit of power left in their blood: when each of them comes of age, she will have a vision of who she will be when she dies--a destiny as inescapable 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 a fool'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's death does not match her vision. Suddenly, things Ruby never thought she'd be allowed to hope for--life, love, time--seem possible. But as she and her cousin Cece begin to dig into the family's history to find out whether they, too, can change their fates, they learn that nothing comes without a cost. Especially not hope."-- Provided by publisher.

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Upon reaching adolescence, the women in Ruby Chernyavskys matrilineal Russian American family have the power to see their own deaths. Somedayyoull be standing in our kitchen, or watching TV, or taking a shower, and then all of a sudden, youll blink and be in the body of your future selfyoure going to be whatever age you are when you die. One of Rubys two older sisters gave her the talk when she was eleven, their mother having left when the girls were younger. Now Ruby is nearly seventeen, and Mom is backbut can she be trusted? A sense of menace runs throughout Podoss eerie, folklore-inflected tale. Her characters are well drawn; Rubys older sisters are realistically wary of the mother who abandoned them, and the many members of their extended family enhance the Chernyavsky lore. Rubys same-age best-friend cousin, Cece, plays a central role, as Cece falls for the mysterious (and creepy) Talia just as Ruby is falling for Talias twin brother Dov, who is harboring a secretand not just that his own supernatural family is a longtime enemy of the Chernyavskys from the Old Country. Issues of fatalism and family; gender identity and sexuality; heroes, villains, and the people in between are threaded throughout Podoss brooding tale. elissa gershowitz (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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