Fifteen-year-old Callie isn't speaking to anybody, not even her therapist at Sea Pines, the "residential treatment facility" where her parents and doctor sent her after discovering that she cuts herself. As her story unfolds, Callie reluctantly becomes involved with the "guests" at Sea Pines--other young women struggling with problems of their own, Although their "issues" are different from hers, Callie is drawn into the group, finds her voice, and, gradually, confronts the family trauma that triggered her destructive behavior. Cut is a compelling and compassionate look at a young woman's struggle to overcome the impulses that led her to inflict harm on herself.
Patricia McCormick has worked as a free-lance magazine and newspaper writer, contributing regularly to "The New York Times "and "Parents "magazine, where she reviewed children's books and family movies. Since completing a master's degree in creative writing at the New School, she's concentrated almost exclusively on writing fiction. In 2004 she was named a New York Foundation on the Arts fellow. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children. "Cut "is her first novel.