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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 live in a small town in Nevada near all night casinos and diners Soon after graduating from high school, Lamb get very ill which upheaves Cale s life Lamb never was a hands on parent, and with his illness Cale falls into e 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 live in a small town in Nevada near all night casinos and diners Soon after graduating from high school, Lamb get very ill which upheaves Cale s life Lamb never was a hands on parent, and with his illness Cale falls into emotional chaos The novel is suspenseful yet quiet in a literary fashion Tomar writes the atmosphere as bleak and gloomy Cale herself is like the scenery After Lamb is ill, she is rudderless She began working as a waitress after high school and become friends with one of the fascinating girls in high school who were a year older than she The girl, Penny, has plans to get out of her situation, and she ll do rash things to get funding Penny is Cale s first and only friend, and Cale becomes involved in some of Penny s dubious activities When Penny goes missing after a traumatic event which is part of the mystery , Cale goes on a quest to find her.I ll confess I was a bit confused at the start of the novel, as I didn t grasp that the chapters were out of sequence Thus, the story unfolds in a chaotic manner that adds suspense The sadness of this little town in the middle of nowhere with girls who have no direction or hope is felt in every page The truth of the incredible strong bonds young girls make in friendship is real and Tomar writes that bond with reality.I loved this novel from start to finish I am surprised that it has received minimal press This is one that will stay with me 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 true, as the friendship seems one sided so Cale wants to know what happened to Penny and why it is she disappeared.Set in the west, in the desert, this well paced, cleverly crafted, and gorgeously 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 true, as the friendship seems one sided so Cale wants to know what happened to Penny and why it is she disappeared.Set in the west, in the desert, this well paced, cleverly crafted, and gorgeously written story offers up a slice of American narrative we don t see enough in that setting This reminded me a lot of Sadie, for the way the mystery plays out and how it s told non sequentially 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 color and vivid life in the constricted limits of her existence It reminded me of the dying town of the Last Picture Show, the same sand and trucks and neglected screen doors slamming in the wind, and th 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 color and vivid life in the constricted limits of her existence It reminded me of the dying town of the Last Picture Show, the same sand and trucks and neglected screen doors slamming in the wind, and the work of Joy Williams, the modern west and two approaches to the problem of being born into a harsh land The quiet girl s dogged loyalty and love for her vivid friend and her grandfather is the book s engine, but the girl s interior life and the texture of this place is the book s glory Beautiful and haunting 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 is searching for her friend Penny, who has disappeared There s a strongly haunted feel, with a powerful build up of tension and some startling twists and turns along the way Themes of family, love, f 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 is searching for her friend Penny, who has disappeared There s a strongly haunted feel, with a powerful build up of tension and some startling twists and turns along the way Themes of family, love, friendship, abandonment, trauma, and violence are explored in powerful and unusual ways.The audio performance by Sophie Amoss was excellent, beautifully capturing the tension, the grit, and the desolation As soon as I d finished this one, I wanted to rewind and listen all over again 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 one s life Two young women, superficially so different and yet so alike find one another They gradually discover that some troubles and distress can be alleviated in learning to share the pleasures 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 one s life Two young women, superficially so different and yet so alike find one another They gradually discover that some troubles and distress can be alleviated in learning to share the pleasures of friendship Together they head off to develop a connection that just might see them through the best and worst of times When evil comes calling a challenge to their relationship is created that will not be easily overcome Tomar examines female friendship up close She invites the reader to consider the roles of loyalty, sacrifice, trust and the lengths one will go to defend and save a relationship 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 catalyst for all disaster It worked on men like a disease I love books that push the envelope and challenge me, whether it s through the content covered or the style in which the story is written A Prayer fo 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 catalyst for all disaster It worked on men like a disease I love books that push the envelope and challenge me, whether it s through the content covered or the style in which the story is written A Prayer for Travelers did both and even though I finished my buddy read with Lupita over a month ago, we were still DM ing about this story as of yesterday To me, THAT is the sign of a good book So what exactly is it about this jarring debut that has made it so memorable For starters, the writing is STUNNING Ruchika has a way with words that left me breathless at times from the beauty of her descriptions as well as from the sheer brutality that occurs within her writing It reads like a fevered dream, at some points,of a nightmare with frightening, panicked scenes interspersed throughout The story is centered around Cale and Penny, two teenage girls who dare to want somethingfor their lives and who both desperately want to escape their current circumstances The non linear writing format allows the reader to be completely immersed in the chaos and confusion that Cale experiences when Penny goes missing and Cale begins her frantic search for her friend You begin the story in Chapter 31 and then move to Chapter 3, which I will admit, took some getting used to for me in the beginning I later learned from the author that her intent behind the chapter lay out was to mimic the way we process and cope with trauma Often, events are recalled out of order and large periods of time are unaccounted for, so the writing style is incredibly effective in disorienting the reader and making you question absolutely everything that is happening Cale is very much alone in the world she has lost her mother to drugs and is being raised by her grandfather, who loves her deeply but has recently become very distant as he struggles with his cancer diagnosis She is a loner at school and in the town an outsider looking in who,than anything, wants to be noticed by the local it girl, Penny When Cale takes a job at the same restaurant where Penny works, a fast and obsessive friendship develops Penny as a character is elusive Tomar allows brief glimpses in to her life, but for the most part, the development of Penny s story is much like a mirage in the desert I had a bad feeling thethat I read and warning bells were going off all around me Many times I found myself yelling at the book, CALE WHAT ARE YOU DOING GET OUT OF THERE But if Penny said jump , Cale said how high Her blind trust in her new found friend was very difficult for me to read at times and it leads to a horrific incident in the desert one night where both of the girls lives are altered forever.This book will not be for everyone yes, it is a story about the resilience of women and their fierce refusal to be broken by their circumstances but it is a very tough read A Prayer for Travelers really examines trauma and how it shapes the female experience it s about how women process assault experiences, lean on one another and attempt to cope how women get up every day and put one foot in front of the other, even when the unspeakable has happened to them And for Cale, it was also about the longing for female connection, for a sense of belonging, for wantingthan what she had and daring to think that she could go out and grab it Did she ultimately achieve that or was she just another one of Penny s hustles You will have to read the book and find out Many thanks to Riverhead Books for providing an advanced copy for me in exchange for my honest review 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 not as in sand in your mouth grittiness and the friendship that developed between Cale odd name and Penny, two young women not long out of the school where they knew of each other but were never frie 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 not as in sand in your mouth grittiness and the friendship that developed between Cale odd name and Penny, two young women not long out of the school where they knew of each other but were never friendly Cale leads sort of a depressing life and Penny is a wild child, so they mix like oil and water yet are bonded when they get into a spot of trouble together Then Penny disappears Getting the police involved might not net the results Cale hoped for.In the end, I am glad to have listened to this but it probably needs a bitexcitement to spice it up in order to appeal to a larger audience For me, it was a likeable read, and a fine narration, but nothing to write home about While I found the writing quite compelling and poetic at times, this novel just didn t come together for me This had nothing to do with the unique way that the chapters were not non linearly laid out For instance, the novel opens up with Chapter 31 and the next chapter is 2, and so forth I was able to follow the story line but I just didn t find it all that interesting It dragged out for too long with nothing much at all happening that held my interest.Cale, the novel s protagonist, was left While I found the writing quite compelling and poetic at times, this novel just didn t come together for me This had nothing to do with the unique way that the chapters were not non linearly laid out For instance, the novel opens up with Chapter 31 and the next chapter is 2, and so forth I was able to follow the story line but I just didn t find it all that interesting It dragged out for too long with nothing much at all happening that held my interest.Cale, the novel s protagonist, was left by her mother when she was an infant to be raised by her grandfather, Lamb Lamb is dying of cancer though it is an unspoken secret Cale grows up a bookish loner wanting very much to be part of a certain group of girls, the ones she thinks are edgy and cool, those who have knowledge of a life she s never participated in Living in a small California dessert town, Cale is naive to the workings that go on behind the scenes, at least until she becomes friends with Penny.Cale works in a diner with Penny, and one day Penny doesn t show up for work This is so unlike her that Cale goes to Penny s trailer to investigate There she finds Penny s cell phone and a hint of something dangerous that Penny may be into She knows that Penny is in trouble and is determined to find her What is interesting, is that when the novel opens, Cale s face is mysteriously black and blue and she has nothing to say about this, even when she takes Penny s cell phone to the police and they are very curious about Cale s injuries.The response I had to this book may just be me I tried very hard to like it and was so excited when it arrived in the mail Sometimes, a particular book just doesn t speak to you, and that was my case with A Prayer for Travelers (Download Pdf) é A Prayer for Travelers ì Longlisted for the Pen Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction A scorching desert noir Like her nervy protagonists, Tomar is a taker of risks New York Times Book Review Breathtaking For Penny and Cale, violence looms at all corners and in Tomar s compassionate rendering, they are imbued with strength, fortitude and fierceness San Francisco Chronicle Cale Lambert, a bookish loner of mysterious parentage, lives in a dusty town near the California Nevada border, a place where coyotes scavenge for backyard dogs and long haul truckers scavenge for pills and girls Cale was raised by her grandfather in a loving, if codependent, household, but as soon as she s left high school his health begins an agonizing decline Set adrift for the first time, Cale starts waitressing at the local diner, where she reconnects with Pen lope Reyes, a charismatic former classmate running mysterious side hustles to fund her dreams Penny exposes Cale to the reality that exists beyond their small town, and the girls become inseparable until one terrifying act of violence shatters their world When Penny vanishes without a trace, Cale must set off on a dangerous quest across the desert to find her friend, and discover herselfAn audacious debut, told in deftly interwoven chapters, A Prayer for Travelers explores the complicated legacy of the American West and the trauma of female experience 4.25 5CW sexual abuse assault violence both in text I really loved this but it wasn t an easy read.Pros Absolutely excellent writing and atmosphere, with characters you deeply care about I could visualize every face and place in this book with total clarity It was a suspenseful story The Sandman chapters actually had my heart racing and made me want to keep coming back forIt was also wholly unique I saw someone compare it to a favorite, Sadie by Courtney Summers, and that piqued 4.25 5CW sexual abuse assault violence both in text I really loved this but it wasn t an easy read.Pros Absolutely excellent writing and atmosphere, with characters you deeply care about I could visualize every face and place in this book with total clarity It was a suspenseful story The Sandman chapters actually had my heart racing and made me want to keep coming back forIt was also wholly unique I saw someone compare it to a favorite, Sadie by Courtney Summers, and that piqued my interest They definitely share some similarities unconventional road trip stories with feminist themes but, again, this book feels very special in its uniqueness.Cons There s some hints here that A Prayer for Travelers is a debut novel I really believe the author will continue to improve over time she s obviously got talent and I d enthusiastically pick up whatever she does next Perhaps the biggest problem for me was the organization of this book it was messy I love a good non chronological story, but apparently I m not clever enough to followthan two distinct significant alternating timelines This was often hard to follow I d like to go back and reread the chapters in their numbered order eventually.This will absolutely not be for everyone but I think it s worth giving it a shot