The Girl in the Road

The Girl in the Road

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One day Meena gets out of bed covered in blood, with mysterious snakebites on her chest. Her worst fears have been realised: someone is after her and she must flee India at once. As she plots her escape, 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, Meena sets off for Ethiopia, the place of her birth. But as she runs away from the threat of violence she is also running towards a shocking revelation about her past.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 33mm | 448g
  • Blackfriars
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0349134219
  • 9780349134215
  • 851,935

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The road trip novel you didn't know you were waiting for. A genuine and extraordinary journey. Take it -- John Scalzi author of REDSHIRTS Utterly captivating . . . an electrifying debut -- Helen Wecker author of THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI The Girl in the Road is a brilliant novel - vivid. sparky, fearless, intense with a kind of savage joy . . . utterly unforgettable -- Kim Stanley Robinson It's transfixing to watch Monica Byrne become a major player in science fiction with her debut novel . . . Beautifully drawn people in a future that feels so close you can touch it, blended with lush language and concerns of myth. It builds a bridge from past to future, from East to West. Glorious stuff -- Neil Gaiman Stunning...More than a few surprises await Meena and Mariama and the reader as story lines converge in a surprising, gratifying climax * Booklist * Monica Byrne's vision of India and Africa as an ever-changing maelstrom of language and culture, technology and sexuality is utterly captivating...An electrifying debut * Helene Wecker, author of The Golem and the Jinni * Brims with ambition...Inventive... Fearless ...[A] wild, hallucinatory ride * San Francisco Chronicle * [The narrative] captures the sheer surface speed and exhilaration of living in the changing contemporary world. . . . A ceaseless storm of matter and energy * Los Angeles Review of Books * Spectacular and intriguing. . . . Enthralling on many levels. . . . The incorporation of evolving views of gender . . . propel this novel into the stratosphere of artistic brilliance * Library Journal, starred review * The most inventive tale to come along in years. . . . The writing is often brilliant, as Byrne paints wholly believable pictures of worlds and cultures most Westerners will never know. . . . Engrossing and enjoyable * Kirkus Reviews * Sci-fi has long claimed to be the multicultural literature of the future. This is the real thing...Described with verve and conviction...A new sensation, a real achievement * Wall Street Journal * A brilliant novel, vivid, intense, and fearless with a kind of savage joy. These journeys - Meena's across the Arabian Sea and Mariama's across Africa - are utterly unforgettable * Kim Stanley Robinson * It's transfixing to watch Monica Byrne become a major player in sci-fi with her debut novel: so sharp, so focused and so human. Beautifully drawn people in a future that feels so close you can touch it, blended with the lush language and concerns of myth. It builds a bridge from past to future, from East to West. Glorious stuff * Neil Gaiman *
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About Monica Byrne

Monica Byrne studied at Wellesley College and MIT. She's a freelance writer and playwright and lives in Durham, North Carolina. For more information visit monicabyrne.org and @monicabyrne13
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Rating details

2,864 ratings
3.48 out of 5 stars
5 18% (507)
4 36% (1,034)
3 28% (813)
2 13% (370)
1 5% (140)

Our customer reviews

The Girl in the Road, the debut novel by Monica Byrne, is a futuristic mythical story of the journeys of two women and a bridge across the Arabian Sea, reaching from India to Ethiopia. It seems as if the book sets out to make a philosophical point, but it tries too hard and gets lost in the process. For many reasons, this was not a book for me. Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2014/07/the-girl-in-road.html *** Reviewed based on a publisher’s galley received through Edelweiss ***show more
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