Groundwood Books

Watching Traffic

Written by Jane Ozkowski

For readers 14 years old | Published August 01, 2016 | ISBN 9781554988457
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

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Regular price $14.95 CAD

192 pages | 8.00 in × 5.25 in
Digital Format

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About this book

Watching Traffic

Jane Ozkowski

Emily has finally finished high school in the small town where she has lived her whole life. At last, she thinks, her adult life can begin.

But what if you have no idea what you want your new life to look like? What then?

While Lincoln gets ready to go backpacking in Australia, Melissa packs for university on the east coast, and a new guy named Tyler provides welcome distraction, Emily wonders whether she will end up working forever at Pamela’s Country Catering, cutting the crusts off party sandwiches and stuffing mushrooms. Is this her future? Being known forever as the local girl whose mother abandoned her in the worst way possible all those years ago? Visiting her spacey grandmother, watching nature shows on TV with her dad and hanging out with Robert the grocery clerk? Listening to the distant hum of the highway leading out of the town everyone can’t wait to leave?

With poetic prose and a keen eye for the quirks and ironies of small-town life, Jane Ozkowski captures the bittersweet uncertainty of that weird, unreal summer after high school — a time that is full of possibility and completely terrifying at the same time.

About the Author

Jane Ozkowski

Jane Ozkowski has a BA in English and Creative Writing from York University. She works in the office at a motorcycle driving school, and although she does not have a motorcycle, she does have her license in case she needs to make a quick getaway. Watching Traffic is her first novel.Jane is the winner of House of Anansi’s Broken Social Scene Story Contest and is currently working on an adult novel set in Toronto during the apocalypse.

Awards and Praise
Ozkowski adeptly captures the absurdity and magic of the last summer before college.