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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 THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2023: The New York Times, Time, Oprah Daily, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Essence, Salon, Vulture, Reader’s Digest, The Root, LitHub, Paste, PopSugar, Chicago Review of Books, BookPage, Book Riot, Tordotcom, Crime Reads, Kirkus Reviews

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.

81 Reviews

Anxious Face with sweat“Lone Women was so good! I loved the drama between the small town and I also was so surprised by the burden! It made so much sense. I also love justice so it was a great ending”
Reviewed in:The Book Hive
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I loved how creepy and unsettling Lone Women was! The setting was perfect and homestead, frozen, and nearly-deserted Montana was the perfect setting! I loved how the burden unraveled - I wasn’t sure where it was going at first but I was so impressed! The burden blew me away! I really liked how Adelaide resolved her burden though and how the book ended.”
Reviewed in:The Book Hive
Morally ambiguousUnpredictableCreepyDark setting
Surprised Face with Open Mouth
Diverse charactersFast-pacedSuspensefulTwistyDark
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I went into this book blind and I was pleasantly surprised! I wasn’t expecting the supernatural twist and I loved it! I found myself rooting for the main characters and the ending was unpredictable and enjoyable.”
Reviewed in:The Book Hive
Surprised Face with Open Mouth
Reviewed in:Bonnet Book Club
Multi-layered charactersAction-packedSuspenseful

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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