Death Valley

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Scribner Book Company
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5.6 X 8.5 X 1.0 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author
Melissa Broder is the author of the novels Milk Fed, The Pisces, and Death Valley, the essay collection So Sad Today, and five poetry collections, including Superdoom. She has written for The New York Times, Elle, and New York magazine's The Cut. She lives in Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter @SoSadToday and @MelissaBroder and Instagram @RealMelissaBroder.
"Death Valley is a glorious mirage of a book. This is a mischievous and moving novel of prickly wonders, where the indignities of life are monumental, and the inanimate world only comes alive in the lonely glow of loss. Broder's writing is a brilliant, zany compass, leading us from the sorrow of existence toward the hilarity of someday having to die." --Hilary Leichter, author of Temporary
"I've never read a novel that portrays grief quite like Death Valley. Melissa Broder captures both the punishing ordinariness of loss while also showing us how extraordinary it is to have been here at all. There is deep wisdom in these pages." --Mary Beth Keane, author of Ask Again, Yes and The Half Moon
"Infectious and dreamy. . . . Broder's narrator is consistently companionable. . . . Readers ought not to miss this magical tale of survival." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A journey unlike any you've read before. Death Valley is a beautifully wild leap into the mysterious desert that is grief." --Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of Chain-Gang All-Stars and Friday Black
"As wise in its way as any spiritualism about vision quests or finding enlightenment. . . . A 100 percent Broder take on grief and empathy: embodied but cerebral, hilarious but heart-wrenching." --Kirkus Reviews
"Darkly funny and full of exuberant, pitch-perfect sentences, Death Valley is also a glorious departure for Melissa Broder: a heartrending exploration of daughterhood, a deep dive into anticipatory grief, and a hardcore story of survival. Broder's unforgettable new novel is vulnerable, witty, trippy, and conceptually dazzling all at once--a brilliantly inventive book from an absolutely brilliant writer." --Kimberly King Parsons, author of Black Light: Stories
"An exhilarating med­itation on death, life, survival and how we rely on stories to get us through it all. It's a triumph for Broder." --Book Page (starred review)
"Bursting with jokes, abounding with existential crisis, Broder again puts forward her absurdist, provocative philosophy." --Bustle, Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2023

"A riotous victory . . . Broder has illuminated a tale of grief and loss with her characteristic wit and insight. The result is as dazzlingly brilliant as a desert sunset." --Pop Matters

"Grab a tall glass of water before cracking open this surreal, darkly funny novel. . . . You'll find yourself mesmerized by the story as much as the deeper lessons beneath it."--Good Housekeeping
"A profound look at caregiving and grief, but it also manages to be a very funny, quick, and engaging read. Don't miss it." --theSkimm

"Think the Chronicles of Narnia, but instead of a wardrobe, it's a cactus." --Cosmopolitan

"Death Valley is one of the funniest, most tender stories I've read about improbable cacti, dying fathers, and desert survival skills . . . a nuanced and authentic portrayal of grief." --Locus Magazine
"Incandescent . . . ecstatically awake to the world's astonishments. . . . Death Valley is a triumph, a ribald prayer for sensuality and grace in the face of profound loss, a hilarious revolt against the aggressive godlessness, dehumanization and fear plaguing our time. All ten of Melissa Broder's finger lamps are blazing. Why not be totally changed into fire?" --Claire Vaye Watkins, The New York Times Book Review

"Extremely funny and deeply felt." --People

"One of the best books I've read in years: funny, brilliant, gutting, and easily devoured over the course of one blissful afternoon." --Elle

"A witty, psychedelic exploration of grief. . . riotously funny." --Guardian

"A surrealist story about anticipatory grief that is as wryly funny as it is moving. Broder curls moments of devastation softly towards moments of the mundane. . . . Broder's third novel is a propulsive, semi-meta journey of an author balancing the sorrow of a sick husband and a father in the ICU with a looming novel deadline . . . unforgettable."--NYLON

"Broder takes her absurdist humor to new heights as she spins a surrealist tale of emptiness, exploration and existential crisis in the California desert." --W Magazine, Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2023

"Broder's own gift is for scenes and dialogue that are so natural -- in that they reflect the ridiculousness and surrealism of real life -- that they tip over into the uncanny. She is also very funny." --The Los Angeles Times