Where People Like Us Live is set in a Great Lakes blue-collar industrial town, where displaced teen Libby Gilbert now lives.  She meets Angie Bonar, a girl with whom she develops a crushing bond.  The two girls set in motion a friendship that exposes disturbing secrets that change everything.

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The Author

Patricia Cumbie writes fiction, essays and creative nonfiction for teens and adults.  Patricia Cumbie’s short stories and essays have been published in numerous journals and anthologies.

Her writing has been supported by The Loft Literary Center’s Fiction Mentor Series, a SASE/Jerome Fellowship, a Loft Career Initiative Grant, and a Minnesota State Arts Board fellowship.  She was also nominated for inclusion in Best New American Voices and received the Carol Bly Award for Nonfiction.  Her young adult novel, Where People Like Us Live, was named one of the Cooperative Book Center’s “Choices” for their best-of YA fiction list for 2009.  Patricia is currently at work on a memoir.


Praise for Where People Like Us Live

[Cumbie’s] characters have a dignity and innate courage that readers will not soon forget.
— ALA Booklist
A gritty and honest exploration of sexuality, coercion, friendship and power.
— School Library Journal