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Into the Valley by Ruth Galm
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Jul 12, 2016 | ISBN 9781616957100

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Praise for Into the Valley

“Mesmerizing . . . Galm’s writing mimics the hyperreality of dreams, and the novel’s penetrative heat is palpable . . . Underpinning Into the Valley is a subtle and complicated exploration of what it means to be a woman and, more specifically, what it means to be a woman without a man.”
—Elle Magazine

“Galm, in a similar fashion to Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook, has powerfully captured a woman’s righteous resistance in the face of a rapaciously gendered society.”
—KQED Arts

“Evokes the desolate interior landscape of writers such as Joan Didion.”
—San Jose Mercury News

“Galm’s writing here is vivid, and heavily atmospheric, with a derelict moodiness that draws the reader, too, into B.’s gradually oppressive carsickness.”
Los Angeles Magazine

“Ruth Galm’s hyper-vigilant and engrossing debut novel, Into the Valley, is both unsettling and, ultimately, victorious. From this novel’s simple opening sentence  to its concise, shocking and surprising conclusion, it is a gorgeous, lyrical meditation… brilliantly drawn.”
—Cincinnati CityBeat

“Into the Valley is highly visual, suspenseful and appropriately grim. Galm’s prose knows exactly where it’s going, crisp and clear, it touches down lightly, like a small stone bounding down a scree slope . . . A solid, muscular piece of writing. It is skillfully whispered social commentary.”
—High Country News

“An understated novel that explores the quiet but powerful emotions of loneliness and revelations that flow from losing one’s way.”
—Shelf Awareness

“Galm’s debut is precisely written and casually paced. A standout debut.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“This is a natural for anyone who loves Joan Didion’s work—especially her nonfiction critiques on California and that other classic of aimless driving, Play It as It Lays.”
—Booklist, Starred Review

“Ruth Galm has written a beautiful novel filled with poetic language . . . Truly mesmerizing.” 
—New York Journal of Books

“Galm’s writing is rich and evokes the desolation of the Central Valley and B.’s mental state. Readers [will] appreciate Galm’s fantastic writing and the new view of an overexposed slice of American history.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“An existential meditation, ripe with symbolism and open for interpretation.”
—Library Journal 

“In the luxury vehicle of her hypnotically evocative prose, Ruth Galm takes us on the journey of the mysterious B., suffering from a mysterious malaise which can only be relieved by forging checks in cool, neutral banks. Like Joan Didion’s Play It As It Lays, Into the Valley creates and recreates a wasted American landscape, and pulls us into a world whose emptiness has profound moral and social implications.”
—Mary Gordon

Into the Valley is at once gorgeous and restrained; the character is herself a kind of vivid, shifting landscape, just as the landscape is itself a beguiling, dominating character. The result is an intensely emotional and human novel.”
—Rivka Galchen, author of American Innovations

“I reveled in a delicious state of unease reading Into the Valley, the parched atmosphere leaving me as dizzy as the protagonist, perfectly and simply known as ‘B.’ An enthralling, disturbing read, part Joan Didion and very much Patricia Highsmith, Galm stuns with this eerie, suspenseful ride of a novel. I loved this book.”
—Paula Bomer, author of Inside Madeleine

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