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Duval ’91 Releases Novel

Posted on Friday, January 03, 2014

"Positively Mine," a new novel by Christine Duval '91 was recently published. Prior to its release, the book was the topic of an article in the Hunterdon County Democrat that noted the Finger Lakes were inspiration for the setting of the novel.

According to the article, "'Positively Mine,' a young adult novel, is about Laurel Harris, an 18-year-old girl from New York City's Upper East Side who goes away to an exclusive private college. Four weeks into her freshman year, she discovers she is pregnant. And though she tries to tell her emotionally-distant father about it, being away at school makes it too easy to hide. There are lots of twists and turns and Laurel ends up navigating teen pregnancy, in secret."

Duval earned a B.A. in Asian studies cum laude from William Smith College. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

The book is available through Bloomsbury Publishing and electronically through Amazon.

The full article follows.


Hunterdon County Democrat
October 12, 2013

Author Christine Duval of Glen Gardner, formerly of Berkeley Heights, will release her new novel, "Positively Mine" from Bloomsbury, in December.

Duval went to college in upstate New York at Hobart and William Smith College in the Finger Lakes region, which is the inspiration for the setting of "Positively Mine."

"Positively Mine," a young adult novel, is about Laurel Harris, an 18-year-old girl from NYC's Upper East Side who goes away to an exclusive private college. Four weeks into her freshman year, she discovers she is pregnant. And though she tries to tell her emotionally-distant father about it, being away at school makes it too easy to hide. There are lots of twists and turns and Laurel ends up navigating teen pregnancy, in secret.

Although "Positively Mine" confronts teen pregnancy, it is more a coming of age story about a girl who has to come to terms with who she is, repair a strained relationship with her father, and accept the ghosts of her past before she can transition into becoming not only an adult but a young mother.

Duval originally self-published the book under a different title back in February and it was picked up by Bloomsbury Children's Books in June to be a part of their initial launch list for their new digital imprint Spark. It is slated to be published in December as an e-book-first and possibly later will also go to print.

For more information, visit christineduval.com.

 

 


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