Lindsay Sproul’s book, We Were Promised Spotlights, was published in 2020 by Putnam/Penguin. Her work has appeared in journals such as Epoch, The Massachusetts Review, Glimmer Train, Witness, and others and she has received fellowships from MacDowell and VCCA. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and a PhD from Florida State University and she currently teaches at Loyola University New Orleans, where she also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the New Orleans Review.
We Were Promised Spotlights
The Miseducation of Cameron Post meets Everything Leads to You in this queer young adult novel.
Hopuonk, Massachusetts, 1999
Taylor Garland's good looks have earned her the admiration of everyone in her small town. She's homecoming queen, the life of every party, and she's on every boy's most-wanted list.
People think Taylor is living the dream, and assume she'll stay in town and have kids with the homecoming king--maybe even be a dental hygienist if she's super ambitious. But Taylor is actually desperate to leave home, and she hates the smell of dentists' offices. Also? She's completely in love with her best friend, Susan.
Senior year is almost over, and everything seems perfect. Now Taylor just has to figure out how to throw it all away.
Lindsay Sproul's debut is full of compelling introspection and painfully honest commentary on what it's like to be harnessed to a destiny you never wanted.
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