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...beautifully written, belly-laugh funny, and downright harrowing at times. Highly recommended.


Jamie Mayer makes her debut with Painless and knocked me off my feet - a vivid, heartbreaking and provocative exploration of the power of love and human connection.
— Holly Goldberg Sloan

Seventeen-year-old Quinn can't feel physical pain.

Born with a rare neurological condition, he's faced accidents and emergency room visits. It's a surprise he's still alive—a fact that has left him to his own devices for most of his life. No school, no friends, no rules. At the mercy of his older sister Caitlin, who has spent the past few years caring for their dying father, he spends his days drinking at a nearby bar, testing his limits, and working on a graphic novel about a mysterious vigilante called Shadow Man. Lately, though, even his art has taken a turn for the worse.

On the same day his father dies, Quinn accidentally gets hit by a car and Caitlin decides that this is the last straw. Left with the choice to either find a job and grow up, or be committed to a rehabilitation center, Quinn takes a gig at a local butcher shop owned by the father of a sensitive but troubled girl who often changes her appearance with the flick of a wrist. But the closer he gets to finding stability, the further he spins out of control, as the lines between art and reality continue to dissipate.

In this debut novel, Jamie Mayer offers an unflinching and poignant look at loss, empathy, and how to grow up without feeling pain.

Rare Bird Books
Paperback, February 14 2017: ISBN: 978-1-942600-85-5
US $12.95 | Fiction / Young Adult

Offers glimpses of hope to its tortured, twisted characters, who have to find their own sort of solace in the midst of their tragedies.
— Foreword Reviews