Under a Neon Sun

Under a Neon Sun

by Kate Gale

Narrated by Morgan Hallett


Under a Neon Sun

Under a Neon Sun

by Kate Gale

Narrated by Morgan Hallett


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Unable to afford rent, Mia-a community college student-lives out of her car, cleaning houses of the well-to-do in the LA area to meet her shoestring budget.
Then Covid hits. For Mia and her fellow housekeeper friends-all living in their cars-the pandemic destroys the source of their frugal income. Fortunately, gutsy, funny Mia is a determined survivor. Sally Rooney meets Elizabeth Strout in this compelling, incisive debut novel.

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“30 Books We Can't Wait to Read” —Write or Die Magazine

“Always compelling, alternately biting and funny, tragic and hopeful, Under a Neon Sun offers an unusual view into lives of people who are often unseen and unheard. They, and their world, are the beating heart of this story.” —Mom Egg Review

“In her debut novel, Gale examines the uncertainty and chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic through the perspective of a young adult desperately trying to piece her life together . . . Her story is one that will resonate with many readers because they have also lived it.” —Booklist

“Kudos on this first novel by publisher, poet and activist Kate Gale! Takes us right back to the pandemic years, highlighting the brutal division between privilege and economic necessity as we follow Mia, a college student living in her car and cleaning for the well-to-do, through the early days of the lockdown.” —Janet Fitch, author, Paint It Black

“Kate Gale has the kind of range most writers only dream of. Just as her gift as a poet and lyricist makes for sentences that shimmer and pop, her skill as a storyteller makes for tightly constructed, page-turner plots driven by characters filled with longing, beauty, and flaws. Under a Neon Sun is the rare novel that has it all.” —Marya Hornbacher, author, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia 

“In the wellspring of creativity, there is sometimes a generosity that mirror’s the poet’s gift. It is the heart inside the heart, and so it is with Kate Gale. She gives out of what she feels was given to her so that we can all sit in the light of a greater gratitude.” —Afaa M. Weaver, author, A Fire in the Hills

“Whether she's writing a poem, a lyric essay, or a novel, Dr. Kate Gale's work always brims with brilliance, wit, and compassion. . . . She bleeds and breathes literature, and we're all the better for her blood and breath.” —Douglas Manuel, author, Trouble Funk

Past praise for Kate Gale

For The Loneliest Girl

"Humble, hopeful, and defiantly human." —San Diego Tribune

"When I open a new book by Kate Gale I know right away that there will be bravery. There will be a new take on mythology. There will be beautiful, skillful, memorable language that stands up and speaks up. . . Bravo." —Ilya Kaminsky, author, Dancing in Odessa and Deaf Republic: Poems

“Refining, compressing, and expanding one's writing while in ceaseless movement is almost unimaginable. Ms. Gale deftly succeeds." —Concho River Review

Product Details

BN ID: 2940191772585
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 05/07/2024
Edition description: Unabridged
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