In 1977, a young woman steals a duffel bag full of drug money and flees her bad-news boyfriend, hitching a ride with a long-haul trucker to the world’s edge. She intends to disappear forever, to redefine herself on her own terms as Dawn Taylor.
But eventually, stars and satellites align. In a remote roadside motel, Dawn’s past catches up with her.
As a ferocious storm blows in, Vryenhoek vividly captures the desires of a host of characters whose paths have converged in this strange place. Ethan struggles to escape a tired narrative of childhood trauma. Cheryl is desperate to resuscitate a reputation blown apart on social media. And Spencer, an ex-con seeking to overcome his criminal past, chases a faint hope he’s glimpsed on a website built half a continent away. When the highway closes and the power fails, there’s nothing to keep them from disclosing who they really are.
Leslie Vryenhoek has worked as a professional communicator in international development, advanced education, emergency response, and the arts. She travels extensively to gather stories about the lives of poor working women, which have been published worldwide. Her 2015 novel Ledger of the Open Hand was shortlisted for Newfoundland and Labrador’s prestigious Winterset Award and longlisted for the international Dublin Literary Award. She lives in St. John’s.
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in
Published: October 14, 2019