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Jennifer Pashley reading - Powell's City of Books

Thursday, August 27 at 7:30PM

Powell’s City of Books
1005 W. Burnside
Portland, OR 97209

“An intense, riveting saga of the multiplying casualties of one family’s secrets and a girl’s determination to take control.’”
—STARRED Kirkus

“Precise. Blunt. Funny. Scary. Bleak. An inviting and well-carved debut.”
—Aimee Bender, author of The Color Master

Unflinchingly dark and psychologically compelling, Jennifer Pashley’s debut novel is a gritty and mesmerizing tale of a female serial killer harboring dark-rooted family secrets. Rayelle Reed can’t escape in her small town, where everyone knows everything and not enough: All the guys she slept with, but not the ones she loved. The baby she had out of wedlock with the pastor’s son, and how the baby died, but not the grief and guilt that consume her. At a motel bar, Rayelle meets Couper Gale, a freelance detective on a mission to investigate a rash of missing girls, and she tags along as an excuse to cross the state line. But when Couper’s investigation leads them to the mystery surrounding Rayelle’s runaway cousin, Khaki, she finds she is heading straight back into everything she was hoping to leave behind. As fates become entwined, Rayelle must follow a haunted and twisted path—leading her toward a collision where loyalties will be betrayed, memories uncovered, and family bonds shattered. 


Jennifer Pashley in conversation with Jodi Angel - Time Tested Books

Wednesday, September 2 at 7PM

Time Tested Books
1114 21st Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

“An intense, riveting saga of the multiplying casualties of one family’s secrets and a girl’s determination to take control.’”
—Starred Kirkus

“Precise. Blunt. Funny. Scary. Bleak. An inviting and well-carved debut.”
—Aimee Bender, author of The Color Master

Unflinchingly dark and psychologically compelling, Jennifer Pashley’s debut novel is a gritty and mesmerizing tale of a female serial killer harboring dark-rooted family secrets. Rayelle Reed can’t escape in her small town, where everyone knows everything and not enough: All the guys she slept with, but not the ones she loved. The baby she had out of wedlock with the pastor’s son, and how the baby died, but not the grief and guilt that consume her. At a motel bar, Rayelle meets Couper Gale, a freelance detective on a mission to investigate a rash of missing girls, and she tags along as an excuse to cross the state line. But when Couper’s investigation leads them to the mystery surrounding Rayelle’s runaway cousin, Khaki, she finds she is heading straight back into everything she was hoping to leave behind. As fates become entwined, Rayelle must follow a haunted and twisted path—leading her toward a collision where loyalties will be betrayed, memories uncovered, and family bonds shattered. 


Sara Jaffe reading - Powell's City of Books

Wednesday, September 2 at 7:30PM

Powell’s City of Books
1005 W. Burnside
Portland, OR 97209

“Remarkable. It’s realism, but its realism brushes ever so deftly against the allegorical, making the novel shimmer, part diary, part dream.”
—Maggie Nelson, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning

“Exceptional debut, a heartfelt coming-of-age story. . . .Using spare, precise prose, and with a fresh, strong voice, Jaffe explores Julie’s budding sexuality, her unexpected attraction to Alexis, her awareness of the limitations of friendship, and the angst young women face as they begin to confront adulthood.” —STARRED, Publishers Weekly

“Moving sideways with its weight of secrets, this novel never strikes a false note.” —Kirkus

It’s 1992, and the world is caught up in the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the Balkan Wars, but for fifteen-year-old Julie Winter, the news is noise. In Portland, Oregon, Julie moves through her days in a series of negatives: the skaters she doesn’t think are cute, the trinkets she doesn’t buy at the craft fair, the umbrella she refuses to carry despite the incessant rain. Her family life is routine and restrained, and no one talks about Julie’s older brother, a one-time Olympic-hopeful swimmer who now lives in self-imposed exile in Berlin. Julie has never considered swimming herself, until Alexis, the girls’ swim team captain, tries to recruit her. It’s a dare, and a flirtation—and a chance for Julie to find her brother, or to finally let him go. Anything could happen when her body hits water.


Jennifer Pashley reading - Skylight Books

Friday, September 4 at 7:30PM

Skylight Books 
1818 N. Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

“An intense, riveting saga of the multiplying casualties of one family’s secrets and a girl’s determination to take control.’”
—STARRED Kirkus

“Precise. Blunt. Funny. Scary. Bleak. An inviting and well-carved debut.”
—Aimee Bender, author of The Color Master

Unflinchingly dark and psychologically compelling, Jennifer Pashley’s debut novel is a gritty and mesmerizing tale of a female serial killer harboring dark-rooted family secrets. Rayelle Reed can’t escape in her small town, where everyone knows everything and not enough: All the guys she slept with, but not the ones she loved. The baby she had out of wedlock with the pastor’s son, and how the baby died, but not the grief and guilt that consume her. At a motel bar, Rayelle meets Couper Gale, a freelance detective on a mission to investigate a rash of missing girls, and she tags along as an excuse to cross the state line. But when Couper’s investigation leads them to the mystery surrounding Rayelle’s runaway cousin, Khaki, she finds she is heading straight back into everything she was hoping to leave behind. As fates become entwined, Rayelle must follow a haunted and twisted path—leading her toward a collision where loyalties will be betrayed, memories uncovered, and family bonds shattered. 


Jennifer Pashley paired reading with Joe Meno - Newtonville Books

Friday, September 18 at 7PM

Newtonville Books
10 Langley Road
Newton Centre, MA 02459

“An intense, riveting saga of the multiplying casualties of one family’s secrets and a girl’s determination to take control.’”
—Starred Kirkus

“Precise. Blunt. Funny. Scary. Bleak. An inviting and well-carved debut.”
—Aimee Bender, author of The Color Master

Unflinchingly dark and psychologically compelling, Jennifer Pashley’s debut novel is a gritty and mesmerizing tale of a female serial killer harboring dark-rooted family secrets. Rayelle Reed can’t escape in her small town, where everyone knows everything and not enough: All the guys she slept with, but not the ones she loved. The baby she had out of wedlock with the pastor’s son, and how the baby died, but not the grief and guilt that consume her. At a motel bar, Rayelle meets Couper Gale, a freelance detective on a mission to investigate a rash of missing girls, and she tags along as an excuse to cross the state line. But when Couper’s investigation leads them to the mystery surrounding Rayelle’s runaway cousin, Khaki, she finds she is heading straight back into everything she was hoping to leave behind. As fates become entwined, Rayelle must follow a haunted and twisted path—leading her toward a collision where loyalties will be betrayed, memories uncovered, and family bonds shattered. 


Jennifer Pashley reading - Ada Books

Saturday, October 10 at 6PM

Ada Books
717 Westminster St
Providence, RI 02903

“An intense, riveting saga of the multiplying casualties of one family’s secrets and a girl’s determination to take control.’”
—STARRED Kirkus

“Precise. Blunt. Funny. Scary. Bleak. An inviting and well-carved debut.”
—Aimee Bender, author of The Color Master

Unflinchingly dark and psychologically compelling, Jennifer Pashley’s debut novel is a gritty and mesmerizing tale of a female serial killer harboring dark-rooted family secrets. Rayelle Reed can’t escape in her small town, where everyone knows everything and not enough: All the guys she slept with, but not the ones she loved. The baby she had out of wedlock with the pastor’s son, and how the baby died, but not the grief and guilt that consume her. At a motel bar, Rayelle meets Couper Gale, a freelance detective on a mission to investigate a rash of missing girls, and she tags along as an excuse to cross the state line. But when Couper’s investigation leads them to the mystery surrounding Rayelle’s runaway cousin, Khaki, she finds she is heading straight back into everything she was hoping to leave behind. As fates become entwined, Rayelle must follow a haunted and twisted path—leading her toward a collision where loyalties will be betrayed, memories uncovered, and family bonds shattered.