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‘Only Child’ Author Rhiannon Navin on School Shootings, Family and Grief

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I loved Only Child, the debut novel from Rhiannon Navin, written from the perspective of a first grader, Zach, who experiences a school shooting. The writing pulled me in so much, I couldn’t put down the book until I finished; I think about the characters and how they dealt with tragedy and loss everyday, and I see the value of empathy now more than ever. I felt hesitant when I was ready to pick up my copy – we as a country are experiencing the aftermath of a school shooting once again and emotions are difficult to keep in check when thinking about the minute by minute experience of the kids during the occurrence, so I was not sure I was…

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