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Valentine: A Read with Jenna Pick

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An instant New York Times Bestseller

Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize

A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!

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 . . .

Its February 1976, and Odessa, Texas, stands on the cusp of the next great oil boom. While the towns 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 Valentines Day, fourteen-year-old Gloria Ramrez appears on the front porch of Mary Rose Whiteheads 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 readers heart, this fierce, unflinching, and surprisingly tender novel illuminates womens strength and vulnerability, and reminds us that it is the stories we tell ourselves that keep us alive.

Product Details

Author: Elizabeth Wetmore

Language: English


Binding: Paperback

Publisher: Harper Perennial

Release Date: 2021-03-02

Pages: 320

ISBN: 0062913271

ISBN13: 9780062913272