Ruthie Knox,Mary Ann Rivers

The Dark Space

“Rivers (Snowfall) and Knox (Truly) will pull readers in with their wonderful writing style and interesting story about endings, beginnings, and finding yourself.” --Library Journal

College senior Winnie Frederickson has accomplished nothing in four years but summa cum laude and the power of invisibility.

A professor’s kid, carelessly popular Cal Darling feels like he’s been going to college forever. If there’s anything left to learn, he’s not going to find it in the classroom.

The theater department’s “make-out class” is famously hard to get into, and what goes on between the twelve people who take it every spring is an annual topic of speculation. Winnie needs one more arts class to appear well-rounded for fellowships. Cal is just … bored.

The dark space—a class, a place, a state of mind—is ready for them both.

The exciting first collaboration of two award-winning novelists known for delivering innovative, rule-breaking stories in beautiful prose, The Dark Space pushes well beyond existing New Adult and romance fiction to speak to real college experiences of identity, sexual intimacy, and change.

The Dark Space introduces two unforgettable college seniors: anxious, invisible Winnie Frederickson and Calvin Darling, an irritatingly gregarious, height-challenged professor’s kid. The story follows Winnie and Cal through a semester in Contact Improvisation, a theater class concerned with partnered movement and energy work that introduces Winnie and Cal to the transformative magic of first love.

Filled with authentic details of the small-college experience and the immersive insights of new adulthood, The Dark Space reminds readers of the beauty, richness, and terror of early adulthood and affirms that we are all enough – that we are sufficient in our humanity and can meet our futures with bravery and unabashed passion.
119 printed pages


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