Amy Reed’s latest, The Nowhere Girls, is a no-holds-barred novel about three young misfits who band together to combat the rape culture in their town and get justice for all the assault victims who have gone without. (You can read my review of the book here.)
THE OFFICIAL WORD
Who are the Nowhere Girls?
They’re everygirl. But they start with just three:
Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.
Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.
Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.
When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Photo credit: Amy’s website
Amy Reed was born and raised in and around Seattle, where she attended a total of eight schools by the time she was eighteen. Constant moving taught her to be restless, and being an only child made her imagination do funny things. After a brief stint at Reed College (no relation), she moved to San Francisco and spent the next several years serving coffee and getting into trouble. She eventually graduated from film school, promptly decided she wanted nothing to do with filmmaking, returned to her original and impractical love of writing, and earned her MFA from New College of California. After thirteen years in the San Francisco Bay Area, she now resides in the mountains of western North Carolina with her husband, daughter, and dog.
ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will win their very own copy of The Nowhere Girls. To enter, leave a comment below with your thoughts on why you think groups like The Nowhere Girls are important, or a story about a time when you stood up for something you strongly believed in, even if you could have gotten (or did get) in trouble for it. We’ll choose a winner at random next Friday, Nov. 3. Per the publisher: Giveaway open to U.S. addresses only. Sorry non-U.S. friends! The giveaway is now closed.