Hey, so, I'm Rafi Mittlefehldt, and I'm a young adult author. My first book, It Looks Like This, comes out September 6, 2016 from Candlewick Press. This site is where you'll be able to find out all sorts of things about me, the book, events, pie recipes probably, and future novels.
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Things about me:
A new state, a new city, a new high school. Mike’s father has already found a new evangelical church for the family to attend, even if Mike and his plainspoken little sister, Toby, don’t want to go. Dad wants Mike to ditch art for sports, to toughen up, but there’s something uneasy behind his demands.
Then Mike meets Sean, the new kid, and “hey” becomes games of basketball, partnering on a French project, hanging out after school. A night at the beach. The fierce colors of sunrise. But Mike’s father is always watching. And so is Victor from school, cell phone in hand.
In guarded, Carveresque prose that propels you forward with a sense of stomach-dropping inevitability, Rafi Mittlefehldt tells a wrenching tale of first love and loss that exposes the undercurrents of a tidy suburban world. Heartbreaking and ultimately life-affirming, It Looks Like This is a novel of love and family and forgiveness — of others and especially of yourself.
It Looks Like This is a YA, gay coming-of-age novel. It means a whole lot to me, and I feel incredibly lucky that it's my debut.
And holy hell I love this cover. It was designed by the brilliant Matt Roeser.
Saturday, March 11. Washington Lee High School, Arlington, VA.
The 4th annual NoVa TEEN 2017 festival celebrating Young Adult (YA) fiction. It’s a free, day-long event packed with books, authors, and activities in Arlington, Virginia. It’s the first event of its kind in the Arlington and Washington DC-metro area. Book lovers of all ages are welcome! #NTBF17
March 18-26. New York City
The 10th annual NYCTAF is almost here! It's a week full of signings, readings, books, music, activism, and a whole lot more. You'll find me at WORD Jersey City on Tues, March 21; and of course at the Mega-Signing at Books of Wonder on Sunday, March 26. Full schedule is here. Stop by!
The American Booksellers Association has chosen It Looks Like This to be one of its Indies Introduce picks for the Summer/Fall 2016 season. More info at the link!