The Girl From Blind River
When your entire future hinges on a single bluff.
"Massey’s debut novel manages to be both poetic and propulsive, unfolding a familiar story of the long odds against redemption posed by family dysfunction with power and grace." -- Kirkus Book Reviews
"With this dazzling debut, Gale Massey arrives as a rare talent, a writer's writer who should be read by the masses. The Girl From Blind River is a swift and thrilling story anchored by compelling characters and scored by graceful prose. The novel is both timeless and timely, and is sure to be one of the must-reads of 2018."
―Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author
"A fast-paced, impressive debut. In a gritty, yet poetic voice, Massey introduces us to the unforgettable Jamie Elders, a young woman desperate to escape her past but unwilling to leave it behind. From an exciting new author to watch, this debut is a definite addition to your 2018 must-read list."
―Lori Roy, award-winning author of The Disappearing
“One of the most impressive debut novels that has ever come my way. Taut and vivid, it is beautifully textured and it announces the arrival of a very special writer whose work I expect to read for many years… A gem.”
―Steve Yarbrough, PEN/Faulkner Award-Nominated Author
"Welcome to Blind River, a dead-end burg full of desperate characters tangled up in murder and their own crooked histories. Smart, sharp and fast, Gale Massey's thriller ratchets up the action, making the reader lean forward till the turn of her last card.”
―Stewart O'Nan, author of Snow Angels and The Odds
"What a knockout debut novel from Gale Massey! You won’t soon forget protagonist Jamie Elders, or the author who created her. Lyrical and unflinching, The Girl From Blind River grabs you on page one and never lets go."
―Ann Hood, Bestselling author of The Book that Matters Most
"In The Girl From Blind River, Gale Massey has crafted a pitch-perfect page turner about the underworld of illegal gambling, complete with characters that have been seared into my imagination. Jamie Elders is someone to root for and worry over—oh, how I would follow her just about anywhere, even to the gates of Hell, and in Massey’s skilled hands, we come awful close a time or two. Combining the beautiful prose of Daniel Woodrell with Sarah Waters’ keen eye for dramatic tension, Massey has delivered a debut novel that will leave you breathless, exhausted, and, as with any great writer, hungry for more."
―Nick White, author of How to Survive a Summer
"With the perfect words of a dark angel, Massey tells a tale you won’t forget.”
―Sterling Watson, award-winning author of Suitcase City