A Prayer for Travelers

A Prayer for Travelers

This daring debut novel propels readers into the world of Penny and Cale, two marginalized young women who forge an intense bond against a constricting backdrop of violence and isolation in Nevada's northern desert.

Cale, a bookish loner of mysterious parentage, was abandoned by her mother and raised by her grandfather in a loving, if codependent, household. One pivotal summer her life is upended by the discovery of a devastating secret that irrevocably threatens this formative relationship.

Set adrift for the first time in her life, Cale begins waitressing at the local diner, where she reconnects with Penélope Reyes, a charismatic former classmate and all-around hustler. Penny exposes Cale to the complicated 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 herself. Told in short, interconnecting chapters, A Prayer for Travelers explores the complicated legacy of the American West and the trauma of female experience.

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    A Prayer for Travelers Reviews

  • Michelle

    3.0-3.5 Stars. Your guess is as good as mine on whether another reader would like this or not. It's a love it or hate it kind of book. I've seen some people compare this to Sadie and I'd say it's of t...

  • Janet

    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...

  • Barbara

    “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 f...

  • Stacey A.  Prose and Palate

    “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 terr...

  • Anne ?

    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 to...

  • Kelly

    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 g...

  • Megan P ?

    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 cou...

  • Bonnie Brody

    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...

  • ?Karen

    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...

  • Jamie Canaves

    One Of My Favorite Reads This Year! (TW sexual assault on page/ terminal illness/ past child abuse/ talk of suicide with some details)I feel like recently I’ve labeled a few books as unique and this...