Shapes the Sunlight Takes

In Shapes the Sunlight Takes, 15-year-old Lexie’s crush on senior beauty Mirielle triggers prophetic visions with apocalyptic consequences.

Wagner’s novel does what all good novels should do: it made me think
about the way that I think…. an odd, intimate story about the messy
and complicated relationship between reality and fantasy.
– Theo Ellsworth; THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS, 2010

With an attention to feelings and language that I’m inclined to
describe as enviable…. Wagner remembers what it’s like to be a
teenage lesbian and does the dirty work of reminding the rest of us.

“Nine million different shapes for the sunlight to take. Nine million different ways light slows itself down to experience time.” Lexie, a 15 year old outcast, believes she can see the future. When her best friend’s dropout brother Derwin rides back into town, Lexie has a vision that he and her senior crush, Mirielle, are destined to have a child who will grow up to save the world. The problem is, Mirielle and Derwin hate each other. But Lexie believes it’s up to her to bring them together, if only for one night.

Shapes the Sunlight Takes book teaser by Sarah Meismer