Lone Women (Large Print / Library Binding)

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Acclaimed fiction writer Victor Lavalle should break into the stratosphere with his latest novel Lone Women. It’s 1915; Adelaide Henry has just carefully laid the mutilated bodies of her parents in bed before setting her home on fire and leaving to homestead in Montana. Accompanied by nothing except the noisy contents of a heavy steamer trunk which must not be opened, she falls in with a fascinating group of characters who, like her, are all hiding secrets which will be revealed. Suspenseful and affecting, Lone Women is a startlingly original take on the American frontier combining fantasy, family saga, and the Black experience.

Dafydd Wood

Lone Women is a dark and delightful western about a woman who harbors a secret. After burning her home in California down she sets off to homestead in Montana. She arrives to this new beautifully brutal landscape with a mysterious steamer trunk…and she is hell bent on keeping what’s inside from getting out! Captivating and spooky with wonderful characters and thought-provoking themes.

Nicole Ihasz

A giant woman burns her house down and travels from California to Montana to stake her claim on a piece of land in the early twentieth century. She brings with her a gigantic trunk. What's in the trunk is a frightening mystery at the center of this astounding horror-western full of wild ideas and a diverse cast of fascinating characters. A spooky and poignant page-turner that I thoroughly enjoyed. — Reilly Hadden

This western yarn documents the travels and travails of a young black woman as she attempts to settle in rugged, desolate Montana. All she carries with her is a bloody, frightening past and a mysterious steamer trunk (hint hint; the two coincide). She receives help from surprising places, sees horror sprout from the highest reaches of polite society, and discovers some monsters aren't quite what they seem. Excellent, fast-paced, and fun, this is another unsettling gem by a talented writer. I enjoyed it immensely. — James Case

April 2023 Indie Next List

“This book was absolutely amazing. Adelaide is a superbly drawn protagonist. You feel for her and the growth of her character was beautiful to read. The novel reads like a wonderful character study, with a shade of horror mixed in.”
— Trina Ortiz, Arts & Letters Bookstore, Granbury, TX


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 a bracing new vision of the American West, from the award-winning author of The Changeling.

"If the literary gods mixed together Haruki Murakami and Ralph Ellison, the result would be Victor LaValle."--Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All the Light We Cannot See

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.

About the Author

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9798885790819
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: August 9th, 2023
Language: English