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Lone Women

By Victor LaValle
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Publisher Description

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Blue skies, empty land—and enough wide-open space to hide a horrifying secret. A woman with a past, a mysterious trunk, a town on the edge of nowhere, and an “absorbing, powerful” (BuzzFeed) new vision of the American West, from the award-winning author of The Changeling.

“Propulsive . . . LaValle combines chills with deep insights into our country’s divides.”—Los Angeles Times


ONE OF BOOKPAGE'S TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR • FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE AND LOCUS AWARD

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The New York Times Book Review, Time, NPR, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Esquire, Vulture, Paste, Tordotcom, Book Riot, Polygon, Chicago Public Library, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal


Adelaide Henry carries an enormous steamer trunk with her wherever she goes. It’s locked at all times. Because when the trunk opens, people around Adelaide start to disappear.

The year is 1915, and Adelaide is in trouble. Her secret sin killed her parents, forcing her to flee California in a hellfire rush and make her way to Montana as a homesteader. Dragging the trunk with her at every stop, she will become one of the “lone women” taking advantage of the government’s offer of free land for those who can tame it—except that Adelaide isn’t alone. And the secret she’s tried so desperately to lock away might be the only thing that will help her survive the harsh territory.

Crafted by a modern master of magical suspense, Lone Women blends shimmering prose, an unforgettable cast of adventurers who find horror and sisterhood in a brutal landscape, and a portrait of early-twentieth-century America like you’ve never seen. And at its heart is the gripping story of a woman desperate to bury her past—or redeem it.

607 Reviews

3.5
Thinking Face“This book was not at all what I expected. I had heard such good things about this book and I have wanted to read it for ages. Now that I have I’m still thinking about it and mulling it over. Honestly the women empowerment in this book is unexpected but I did enjoy how there were characters that banded together and protected one another. The drawback for me was there was just a lot of filler. Boring filler. And then a 277 page book that saying something. I felt myself skimming certain parts that I felt unnecessary to the story. All around I don’t feel it lived up to the hype but it was a worthwhile read. 3⭐️”
Diverse charactersOriginal writingDark settingRealistic settingDarkBigotryViolence
Surprised Face with Open Mouth
Believable charactersCharacters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersDescriptive writingEasy to readAddictiveSuspensefulImmersive settingDark
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Well it took me awhile to get into this book, because I was told the secret of the box. But this book is about way more than that streamer trunk!! I ended up saying WTF just happened? So many times I annoyed the heck out of my daughter! The last 100 pages moved At breakneck speed and is unputdownable! The characters are diverse, and the “lone women” are Hardy, tough as hell, but also so compassionate and embracing. The villains are truly horrible people, and the one criminal family is name the Mudges! It felt so appropriate and also very Harry Potter! It’s such a mix of both history, and fantasy, with a dash of horror. It’s simply amazing and I loved it.”
Believable charactersDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingEasy to readUnpredictableMagical settingThought-provoking

About Victor LaValle

Victor LaValle is the author of seven works of fiction: four novels, two novellas, and a collection of short stories. His novels have been included in best-of-the-year lists by The New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, The Nation, and Publishers Weekly, among others. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Book Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Key to Southeast Queens. He lives in the Bronx with his wife and kids and teaches at Columbia University.

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