The Girl in the Road

The Girl in the Road

by Monica Byrne


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A debut that Neil Gaiman calls “Glorious. . . . So sharp, so focused and so human.” The Girl in the Road describes a future that is culturally lush and emotionally wrenching.

Monica Byrne bursts on to the literary scene with an extraordinary vision of the future.  In a world where global power has shifted east and revolution is brewing, two women embark on vastly different journeys—each harrowing and urgent and wholly unexpected.

When Meena finds snakebites on her chest, her worst fears are realized: someone is after her and she must flee India.  As she plots her exit, she learns of the Trail, an energy-harvesting bridge spanning the Arabian Sea that has become a refuge for itinerant vagabonds and loners on the run.  This is her salvation.  Slipping out in the cover of night, with a knapsack full of supplies including a pozit GPS, a scroll reader, and a sealable waterproof pod, she sets off for Ethiopia, the place of her birth.

Meanwhile, Mariama, a young girl in Africa, is forced to flee her home.  She joins up with a caravan of misfits heading across the Sahara. She is taken in by Yemaya, a beautiful and enigmatic woman who becomes her protector and confidante. They are trying to reach Addis Abba, Ethiopia, a metropolis swirling with radical politics and rich culture.  But Mariama will find a city far different than she ever expected—romantic, turbulent, and dangerous.

As one heads east and the other west, Meena and Mariama’s fates are linked in ways that are mysterious and shocking to the core.

Written with stunning clarity, deep emotion, and a futuristic flair, The Girl in the Road is an artistic feat of the first order: vividly imagined, artfully told, and profoundly moving.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804138864
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 02/17/2015
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

MONICA BYRNE studied at Wellesley College and MIT. She's a writer and playwright based in Durham, North Carolina.
@monicabyrne ·

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The Girl in the Road 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is incredible. Dream-like. Post modern. Tricky. Shocking. I am still not entirely sure what happened. Will read it at least three times to make sure I get all the details.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical for about one chapter, but quickly won over by the intricate storytelling.  This book balances on the cutting edge of futuristic fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Horrible. Disturbing, confusing, and offensive. I loved the idea of this book, especially as I have lived in Ethiopia but this book was not at all what I hoped.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Girl in the Road By Monica Byrne Monica Byrne bursts onto the literary scene with an extraordinary vision of the future. But I didn’t like this book, there are many things about how good it is on the back, it sounded good. The plot seemed good. But once I got into it, it just seemed like the author used foul language as a staple for contecting together bad writing. If she had tempered that sailor mouth, it would have been a way better book.