By Joseph Miller
Growing up, everyone gets bullied. Coping with childhood bulling is a central theme in Philadelphia-based author Erin McCole Cupp’s new mystery novel, Don’t You Forget About Me.
Protagonist Cate Whelihan is sick and dying. In fact, a lot of people from her hometown in suburban Philadelphia are. An e-mail from her childhood crush beckons her home. But returning means Cate has to confront the bullying from her past. Any hope of avoiding her demons evaporates when one of the boys who had bullied her is murdered. And Cate is the number one suspect.
If you’re a regular visitor at the Parkesburg Free Library’s mystery section, this book might be worth requesting.
Cupp said the inspiration for the book “came from a strange collision of scars.” A rush of ghosts from the past, including her own former bullies, touched one such scar when Cupp joined facebook. The other source of inspiration was her struggle with endometriosis, a condition in which the cells typically found on the walls of the uterus grow elsewhere.
Don’t You Forget About Me is Cupp’s second novel. Her first novel, a science fiction retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre titled Jane_E Friendless Orphan: A Memior, was published in 2006.
We’ve all been bullied. By all appearances, Cupp’s new novel is honest and personal. Those are difficult things to be when you know how it feels to be knocked down.
Don’t You Forget About Me will be published by Full Quiver Publishing and released November 1.
Joseph Miller is a contributing writer.