The Girl in the Road

The Girl in the Road

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A young woman called Meena wakes up one morning covered in blood. There are mysterious snakebites across her chest. She knows she's in danger but something has happened to her memory. All she can do is run - but why? And from whom?

As Meena plots her escape she hears of the Trail - an extraordinary, forbidden bridge that spans the Arabian sea, connecting India to Africa like a silver ribbon. Its purpose is to harness the power of the ocean - Blue Energy - but it also offers a subculture of travellers a chance for sanctuary and adventure.

Convinced the Trail is her salvation, Meena gathers supplies - GPS, a scroll reader, a sealable waterproof pod. And so begins her extraordinary journey - both physical and spiritual - from India to Ethiopia, the home of her birth. But as she runs away from the threat of violence she is also running towards a shocking revelation about her past and her family.

'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

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Blackfriars started as a digital venture in 2013 and has gone from strength to strength, with our first physical book, The Girl in the Road, published early in 2014. The emphasis for Blackfriars is that of discovery, of nurturing new or long-forgotten talent and introducing readers to stunning new literature that they can?t just keep to themselves. Blackfriars exists as a collaborate relationship between reader, writer and publisher, allowing readers to have an influence on the books that they would like to see being published. Supported by a passionate in-house team, Blackfriars is fast establishing itself as your new literary habit.

Book information

ISBN: 9780349004372
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Blackfriars
Pub date:
DEWEY: 813.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Weight: 270g
Height: 128mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 28mm