The Land of Ten Thousand Madonnas is out now from Knopf!

What does the inside cover say?

Which would you choose: a long, quiet life or a short, heroic one?

Jesse Serrano has always been drawn to this question, but he’s never really had a choice. He’s known since birth that a hole in his heart would render his life a short one, whether he likes it or not.

As his dying wish, Jesse sends his cousins, best friend, and girlfriend on a trip across Europe — a mysterious mission that seems more harebrained with every leg of the journey. Following Jesse’s vague instructions, they trek across the continent, unsure if they should be basking in a backpacking trip before heading off to college or searching for something deeper. Through the museums, ancient ruins, landmarks, and more religious iconography than could fill a Holy Ark, they begin to wonder if they’ll ever be able to complete the passage that Jesse laid out for them — and if they even want to without him along for the ride.

In turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Kate Hattemer’s new novel chronicles an unforgettable journey of lost and found, laughter and tears, and a myriad of Madonnas.

I have always wanted to own a YA novel with a memento mori on the cover. How can I ensure that I’ll have my very own copy of this book?

Funny you ask. It’s available on IndieBound, as well as at the usual suspects: AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo.

Can I add it on Goodreads?

You can!