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Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize
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"A thrilling debut that deserves your attention." –Ron Charles, the Washington Post
Written with the haunting emotional power of Elizabeth Strout and Barbara Kingsolver, an astonishing debut novel that explores the lingering effects of a brutal crime on the women of one small Texas oil town in the 1970s, longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the VCU Cabell First Novel Award.
Mercy is hard in a place like this . . .
It’s February 1976, and Odessa, Texas, stands on the cusp of the next great oil boom. While the town’s men embrace the coming prosperity, its women intimately know and fear the violence that always seems to follow.
In the early hours of the morning after Valentine’s Day, fourteen-year-old Gloria Ramírez appears on the front porch of Mary Rose Whitehead’s ranch house, broken and barely alive. The teenager had been viciously attacked in a nearby oil field—an act of brutality that is tried in the churches and barrooms of Odessa before it can reach a court of law. When justice is evasive, the stage is set for a showdown with potentially devastating consequences.
Valentine is a haunting exploration of the intersections of violence and race, class and region in a story that plumbs the depths of darkness and fear, yet offers a window into beauty and hope. Told through the alternating points of view of indelible characters who burrow deep in the reader’s heart, this fierce, unflinching, and surprisingly tender novel illuminates women’s strength and vulnerability, and reminds us that it is the stories we tell ourselves that keep us alive.
Elizabeth Wetmore is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in Epoch, Kenyon Review, Colorado Review, Baltimore Review, Crab Orchard Review, Iowa Review, and other literary journals. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and two fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, as well as a grant from the Barbara Deming Foundation. She was also a Rona Jaffe Scholar in Fiction at Bread Loaf and a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and one of six Writers in Residence at Hedgebrook. A native of West Texas, she lives and works in Chicago.
Open your heart with Amelia Bedelia! This special edition of the funny and New York
Times–bestselling picture book includes a fold-out poster, stickers, and punch-out cards perfect for sharing with your family, friends, classmates, and your Valentine. Hooray! Amelia Bedelia ...
An engaging saga of unconditional friendship, love, and foregiveness...Golden's style is modern, refreshing and accurately
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Emma Cane welcomes you to Fairfield Orchard, Where new love blooms and romance is always
in season.For Amy Fairfield, the family orchard is more than a business. With its blossom-scented air and rows of trees framed by the majestic Blue ...
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS’ CHOICE • Three generations of Taiwanese American women are
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The second book in a romantic and drama-packed trilogy perfect for fans of Rachel Vincent,
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Hey, hey, Lady Godzilla, don’t burn me with your fire lizard breath!And so begins this
epic mortal frenemies adventure…14 year old Ginny, The creative girl genius and future award-winning zombie movie screenwriter/director/producer assured her parents she was older now and ...
Lucy Durant was only fourteen-years-old when she lost her older brother. First to his paranoid
delusions as he became increasingly obsessed with UFOs and government conspiracies. Then, permanently, when he walked into the desert outside Bishop, California, and never returned. ...
Set in the small Ohio factory town of Liberty Falls between 1960 and 1976, Merigan
is the unsentimental but compassionate tale of Italian immigrants and their children whose traditional world has fallen into spiritual disarray and moral collapse.