Undiscovered Country

Undiscovered Country


By Jennifer Gold


You can run from grief, but it will follow…

Cat’s life is divided. There is the time Before her mom died, and After. When her mom got sick, Cat still did her homework and got accepted into college, while her father slowly shut down. Now, everything seems meaningless.

Before, Cat was happy and had momentum. After, she feels stuck. And angry. There might be five stages of grief, but Cat can’t get past stage two. She’s so filled with rage, her doctor tries to medicate her. A pill to make her feel like a zombie? No thanks.

When Cat finds a brochure for Students Without Boundaries – a volunteer program that will send her to South America – she grabs it. It’s her escape from the memories of her mother and the reality of her absence. But life as a “voluntourist” is not an escape. The new people and places Cat meets bring new perspectives and challenges she never expected. Life may still have meaning after all.

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About the Author

Jennifer Gold is a lawyer, mother of two, and the author of the YA novel Soldier Doll. A history buff, she also has degrees in psychology, law, and public health. She lives in Toronto.

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Product Information

  • Release: April 11, 2017

  • $12.95 Paperback

  • 320 Pages

  • 5.5 x 8.25

  • Teen Fiction

  • Ages 13-18 / Grades 9-12

  • ISBN: 9781772600315


  • Character Education
    > Strong Female Characters

  • History & Social Studies
    > War & Conflict

  • Health & Phys Ed
    > Death & Dying

Praise for Undiscovered Country

"Gold's strengths are in her ability to pull readers into Cat's worlds with beautiful, and devastating, details and to create a credible protagonist who takes readers to the core of the very real pain of losing someone one loves… a thought-provoking and highly satisfying read." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"...a sensitive portrayal of the different aspects of grief that will strike a chord with readers." - Kirkus Reviews

"Written in the first person, Undiscovered Country features a voice that is strong, sharp, and smart.... Cat’s own grief mixes with her sense of right and wrong, and what results is a compelling story where Cat must pick apart romantic feelings, ethical obligations, and even her own sanity in order to arrive at a crucial decision. Undiscovered Country is first and foremost a novel about grief and new beginnings, but it is also a thoughtful coming-of-age tale about finding purpose even in the midst of despair." - Foreword Reviews

"Gold captures the poignancy of a mother’s death with authenticity, alternating it with an adventure story..." - Booklist

"... Undiscovered Country paints a beautiful relationship between mother and daughter - one of shared secrets, friendship, and laughter - that only gets stronger as the mother's situation develops from suspicious lump to inexorable illness and death... Readers will be moved by Cat's grief and intensity of her co-dependent romance. Undiscovered Country is a solid read about one teen's need to escape the realities of life and death, come to terms with her grief, and find the strength to carry on." - Quill & Quire

"Gold's story is carefully crafted with skill and depth... The characters are authentic and vulnerable. Cat is a strong and convincing character that readers will connect with and like from the start." - Children's Books Heal

"Undiscovered Country is a book that will tug at your heart’s strings from beginning to end. The book is written with a clear voice, well researched, and a perfect read for fans of John Green’s works." - Resource Links

"In this realistically told story, Gold shows how even the best intentions can have negative outcomes... Written for ages 13 and up, this is an emotion-laden novel with detailed descriptions of Cat’s mother’s battle with cancer." - Winnipeg Free Press