Written with the haunting psychological power of Elizabeth Strout and Barbara Kingsolver, an amazing launching novel that checks out the remaining impacts of a harsh criminal offense on the ladies of one little Texas oil town in the 1970s.
Mercy is tough in a location like this….
It’s February 1976, and Odessa, Texas, bases on the cusp of the next terrific oil boom. While the town’s guys accept the coming success, its ladies totally understand and fear the violence that constantly appears to follow.
In the early hours of the early morning after Valentine’s Day, 14-year-old Gloria Ramírez appears on the front deck of Mary Rose Whitehead’s cattle ranch home, broken and hardly alive. The teen had actually been viciously assaulted in a close-by oil field – an act of cruelty that is attempted in the churches and barrooms of Odessa prior to it can reach a law court. When justice is incredibly elusive, the phase is set for a face-off with possibly ravaging effects.
Valentine is a haunting expedition of the crossways of violence and race, class, and area in a story that plumbs the depths of darkness and worry, yet provides a window into charm and hope. Told through the rotating perspectives of enduring characters who burrow deep in the listener’s heart, this strong, unflinching, and remarkably tender novel brightens ladies’s strength and vulnerability, and advises us that it is the stories we inform ourselves that keep us alive.