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Nearly Nowhere

“You should be reading Summer Brenner.” – More Intelligent Life, The Economist

Originally published by Gallimard’s la Serie noire as Presque nulle part.

Fifteen years ago, Kate Ryan and her daughter Ruby moved to the secluded village of Zamora in northern New Mexico to find a quiet life off the grid. But when Kate invites the wrong drifter home for the night, the delicate peace of their domain is shattered.

Troy Mason manages to hang onto Kate for a few weeks, though his charm increasingly fails to offset his lies and delusions of grandeur. It is only a matter of time before the lies turn abusive, igniting a chain reaction of violence and murder. Not even a bullet in the leg will keep Troy from seeking revenge as he chases the missing Ruby over back roads through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, down the River of No Return, and to a white supremacy enclave in Idaho’s Bitterroot Wilderness. Nearly Nowhere explores the darkest places of the American West, emerging with only a fragile hope of redemption in the maternal ties that bind.

Praise

With her beautifully wrought sentences and dialogue that bring characters alive, Summer Brenner weaves a gripping and dark tale of mysterious crime based in spiritually and naturally rich northern New Mexico and beyond.
—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, historian and writer, author of Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico

Summer Brenner’s Nearly Nowhere has the breathless momentum of the white-water river her characters must navigate en route from a isolated village in New Mexico to a neo-Nazi camp in Idaho. A flawed but loving single mother, a troubled teen girl, a good doctor with a secret, a murderous sociopath—this short novel packs enough into its pages to fight well above its weight class.
—Michael Harris, author of The Chieu Hoi Saloon

To the party, Summer Brenner brings a poet’s ear, a woman’s awareness, and a soulful intent, and her attention has enriched every manner of literary endeavor graced by it.
—Jim Nisbet, author of A Moment of Doubt

It’s because the characters are so richly drawn, the writing so elegant, the rural Western landscape so exquisitely described, that you don’t realize at first what Brenner has done to you; how she’s loaded up the dory, strapped you in, and loosed you down this terrifying river. And, then, of course, it’s too late. Nearly Nowhere is a beautiful and chilling novel.
—Benjamin Whitmer, author of Pike

About the Author

Summer Brenner was raised in Georgia and migrated west, first to New Mexico and eventually to northern California where she has been a long-time resident. She has published books of poetry, fiction, and novels for youth. Her works include the noir thriller from PM Press, I-5: A Novel of Crime, Transport, and Sex; from PM Press/Reach and Teach, Ivy, Homeless in San Francisco, winner of the Moonbeam award; and Richmond Tales, Lost Secrets of the Iron Triangle, winner of the Historic Preservation award from the City of Richmond.

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