I love it when I come across a novel from a small press that is worthy of a bigger audience. This is without question the case with Maddy Lederman’s novel Edna in the Desert. I have to admit that the tag line on the cover (Can a Beverly Hills teen survive without a smart phone, Internet, and TV?) caught my eye and caused me to ponder my addiction to social media, not to mention the way my preservice students and graduate students seem to be completely connection to their various devices.
Lederman’s text explores a teen confronting relationships while the tether to technology is served. I think this is a novel that will help students and teachers start conversations about the ways the digital world has altered our culture, our modes of communication, our access to information, and our relationships with people; those within our own generation and across others.