Now is Not the Time to Panic
by Kevin Wilson
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Pub Date 15 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 15 Nov 2022
From the award-winning author of The Family Fang, Tunneling to the Centre of the Earth and the New York Times-bestselling Nothing to See Here.
Sixteen-year-old Frankie Budge—aspiring writer, indifferent student, offbeat loner—is determined to make it through yet another sad summer in Coalfield, Tennessee, when she meets Zeke, a talented artist who is as lonely and awkward as she is.
As romantic and creative sparks begin to fly, Frankie and Zeke make an unsigned poster that becomes unforgettable to anyone who sees it. Copies of their work are everywhere in town, and rumours start to fly about who might be behind the ubiquitous posters: Satanists? Kidnappers? Soon, the mystery has dangerous repercussions that spread further afield, and the art that brought Frankie and Zeke together now threatens to tear them apart.
Twenty years later, Frances Eleanor Budge—famous author, mother to a wonderful daughter, wife to a loving husband—gets a call that threatens to upend everything: a journalist asks if Frances might know something about the Coalfield Panic of 1996. Could Frances’ past destroy the life she has so carefully built?
A bold coming-of-age story, written with Kevin Wilson’s trademark wit and blazing prose, Now Is Not the Time to Panic is a nuanced exploration of young love, identity and the power of art. It’s also about the secrets that haunt us—and, ultimately, what the truth will set free.
'Just like all of Kevin’s books, Now is Not the Time to Panic is totally its own thing: mysterious, hypnotic, wonderful. I love following his brain, wherever it goes.’—Emma Straub, author of This Time Tomorrow
‘This is a wildly funny, wonderfully sincere—and a little bit devastating—story of art, our limitless past, future nostalgia and all those perfectly imperfect ways we continually come of age. Kevin Wilson’s books are so full of heart. They’re utterly indelible.’—Courtney Summers, author of Sadie
‘Wilson has developed a story that is a precise capture of adolescence and of two vibrant teens whose everyday dilemmas, weaknesses, and triumphs are utterly endearing.’—Booklist (starred review)
‘A delightful story…Ripe with wisdom about what art means in the modern age…[A] touching time capsule of youth in the ’90s.’—Publishers Weekly
‘[An] emotionally acute peek into the inner life of the artist…A warm, witty two-hander.’—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
‘Full of compassion and gentle humour, this is a wise and winning novel about how youth haunts and defines us.’—Esquire