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The Girl in the Road: A Novel - Monica Byrne
The Girl in the Road: A Novel
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A debut that Neil Gaiman calls “Glorious,” The Girl in the Road describes a future that is culturally lush, technologically slick, and emotionally wrenching.In a world where global power has shifted east and revolution is brewing, two women embark on vastly different journeys—each harrowing and... show more
A debut that Neil Gaiman calls “Glorious,” The Girl in the Road describes a future that is culturally lush, technologically slick, and emotionally wrenching.In a world where global power has shifted east and revolution is brewing, two women embark on vastly different journeys—each harrowing and urgent and wholly unexpected.When Meena finds snakebites on her chest, her worst fears are realized: someone is after her and she must flee India.  As she plots her exit, she learns of The Trail, an energy-harvesting bridge spanning the Arabian Sea that has become a refuge for itinerant vagabonds and loners on the run.  This is her salvation.  Slipping out in the cover of night, with a knapsack full of supplies including a pozit GPS system, a scroll reader, and a sealable waterproof pod, she sets off for Ethiopia, the place of her birth.Meanwhile, Mariama, a young girl in Africa, is forced to flee her home.  She joins up with a caravan of misfits heading across the Sahara. She is taken in by Yemaya, a beautiful and enigmatic woman who becomes her protector and confidante. They are trying to reach Addis Abba, Ethiopia, a metropolis swirling with radical politics and rich culture.  But Mariama will find a city far different than she ever expected—romantic, turbulent, and dangerous.As one heads east and the other west, Meena and Mariama’s fates are linked in ways that are mysterious and shocking to the core.Written with stunning clarity, deep emotion, and a futuristic flair, The Girl in the Road is an artistic feat of the first order: vividly imagined, artfully told, and profoundly moving.From the Hardcover edition.
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9780804138857 (0804138850)
Publisher: Crown
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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Feminism in Cold Storage
Feminism in Cold Storage rated it
4.0 The Girl in the Road
This was a really weird story set in the near future. I liked it, but it was really weird. The protagonist, Meena, is a woman on the run and quite disturbed. It's told in the first person with time jumps between Meena and another woman who predates her, Miriama. The narrative seems confusing at firs...
Feminism in Cold Storage
Feminism in Cold Storage rated it
4.0 The Girl in the Road
 This was a really weird story set in the near future. I liked it, but it was really weird. The protagonist, Meena, is a woman on the run and quite disturbed. It's told in the first person with time jumps between Meena and another woman who predates her, Miriama. The narrative seems confusing at fir...
Blondie and Read
Blondie and Read rated it
3.0 The Girl in the Road
I need time to process this one. There were definitely goosebump moments, but I'm not so sure about this one. I could be convinced either way whether or not this one is good. I could also defend either way whether this one is worth reading or not. I'm torn...Review to come eventually.
Injoy's Blogs + Book Reviews
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5.0 The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne
I received a free kindle copy of The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne, published by Crown Publishing from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. I gave this intriguing, brilliantly written unusual novel which takes place in the future five stars. It was a page turner for me. There are blends of ...
Stop Making Sense
Stop Making Sense rated it
3.0 Mismarketing of a Decent Book
This is the story--told in alternating, first-person chapters--of Meena and Mariama, who are heading toward each other but separated by about 20 years. Meena is fleeing west after an apparent assassination attempt back in her Indian home, whereas Mariama is heading east from Mauritania, after witnes...
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