A Prayer for Travelers

A Prayer for Travelers

This daring debut novel propels readers into the world of Penny and Cale, two marginalized young women who forge an intense bond against a constricting backdrop of violence and isolation in Nevada's northern desert.Cale, a bookish loner of mysterious parentage, was abandoned by her mother and raised by her grandfather in a loving, if codependent, household. One pivotal...

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Title:A Prayer for Travelers
Author:Ruchika Tomar
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  • Anne ✨
    Wow! I adored this gritty noir mystery/coming-of-age debut! It has gorgeous writing, a suspenseful edginess, and a Nevada desert town setting that drips with desolation and desperation.The story is told in a non-linear format, slowly revealing out-of-order moments in the life of 17yr old Cale, who i...
  • Janet
    This book, about the friendship of two very different young women in a desert town so small its known only to those who live there. A quiet girl who cares for her grandfather on the land, sensitive to the small nuances of texture and love, and a brash, explosive girl trying to create a space of colo...
  • Stacey A.  Prose and Palate
    “The entire right side of my face was throbbing, but Penny still looked beautiful; her exquisite features unmarred. She bore no physical changes from the events of the evening, no by-product of terror beyond the characteristic flush of her cheeks. Yet it was her beauty that had been the catalys...
  • Barbara
    “A Prayer For Travelers” is Ruchika Tomar’s debut novel. It’s a literary mystery involving a loner teenage girl and her missing fearless friend.Cale is that awkward girl in school who has no friends. She’s raised by her grandfather, Lamb, after her mother abandoned her. They...
  • Paltia
    An imaginative tale of the symmetrical and complimentary relationship between two female friends. There are those places deep inside where past pain and trauma lodge themselves. They may, in part, result in loneliness and alienation and/or in wearing a disguise and appearing to be having the time of...
  • Michelle
    3.0-3.5 Stars. Your guess is as good as mine on whether another reader would like this or not. It's a love it or hate it kind of book. I've seen some people compare this to Sadie and I'd say it's of the same vein. It's main characters are young girls, it's very dark and also unique. That's where the...
  • ☮Karen
    3.5 stars. This book surprised me with Chapters numbered 31, then 2, then 5, then 3, etc., which usually really, really irritates me. But actually the numbering helped me to keep straight where in the story we were at all the different timelines. I also liked the grittiness of the desert setting (no...
  • Kelly
    The blurbs on this book are so Literary and don't tell you that this is a mystery, told out of order, about a brown girl named Cale who is raised by her grandfather who becomes entwined with a brown girl named Penny who goes missing. They're close friends -- though we only kind of believe this to be...

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