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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 154 x 233 x 25mm | 440g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Blackfriars
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0349134219
  • 9780349134215
  • 649,686

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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 The Girl in the Road is a brilliant novel - vivid. sparky, fearless, intense with a kind of savage joy ... utterly unforgettable -- Kim Stanley Robinson Utterly captivating ... an electrifying debut -- Helen Wecker author of THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI The road trip novel you didn't know you were waiting for. A genuine and extraordinary journey. Take it -- John Scalzi author of REDSHIRTSshow more

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 and @monicabyrne13show more

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: *** Reviewed based on a publisher’s galley received through Edelweiss ***show more
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