Death Valley

Melissa Broder author


Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Published:24th Oct '23


This title is due to be published on 24th October, and will be despatched as soon as possible.

Death Valley cover

From the Women’s Prize-longlisted author of The Pisces and Milk Fed, a comic novel about grief and survival in the California desert

'A journey unlike any you've read before' Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of Chain-Gang All-Stars'There is deep wisdom in these pages' Mary Beth Keane, author of Ask Again, Yes'Vulnerable, witty, trippy and conceptually dazzling all at once' Kimberly King Parsons, author of Black LightThe most profound book yet from the visionary author of Milk Fed and The Pisces, a darkly funny novel about grief that becomes a desert survival story. A woman arrives alone at a Best Western seeking respite from an emptiness that plagues her. She has fled to the California high desert to escape a cloud of sorrow — for both her father in the ICU and a husband whose illness is worsening. What the motel provides, however, is not peace but a path, thanks to a receptionist who recommends a nearby hike. Out on the sun-scorched trail, the woman encounters a towering cactus whose size and shape mean it should not exist in California. Yet the cactus is there, with a gash through its side that beckons like a familiar door. So she enters it. What awaits her inside this mystical succulent sets her on a journey at once desolate and rich, hilarious and poignant. This is Melissa Broder at her most imaginative, most universal, and finest. This is Death Valley. PRAISE FOR THE PISCES 'Of all the books that I read this summer I think this was my absolute favourite. It really blew me away' DOLLY ALDERTON 'Frank, provocative and brilliant' INDEPENDENT 'Hilarious, poignant, sexy. A brilliant story about why we crave connection and how to find ourselves' ELLE 'Laugh-out-loud funny'i

I’ve never read a novel that portrays grief quite like Death Valley. Somehow, Melissa Broder captures both the punishing ordinariness of loss while also showing us how extraordinary it is to have been here at all – and to love each other besides. There is deep wisdom in these pages, and I know I’ll be thinking about this book for a long time -- Mary Beth Keane, author of ASK AGAIN, YES
A journey unlike any you've read before. Death Valley by Melissa Broder is a beautifully wild leap into the mysterious desert that is grief -- Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of CHAIN-GANG ALL-STARS and FRIDAY BLACK

ISBN: 9781526665218

Dimensions: unknown

Weight: unknown

240 pages