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Godshot by Chelsea Bieker
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Mar 30, 2021 | ISBN 9781646220557

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“[A] haunting debut . . . This is a harrowing tale, which Bieker smartly writes through the lens of a teenager on the cusp of understanding the often fraught relationship between religion and sexuality . . . It’s a timely and disturbing portrait of how easily men can take advantage of vulnerable women—and the consequences sink in more deeply with each page.” —Annabel Gutterman, Time

“Drawn in brilliant, bizarre detail—baptism in warm soda, wisdom from romance novels—Lacey’s twin crises of faith and femininity tangle powerfully. Fiercely written and endlessly readable, a novel like this is a godsend.” —Entertainment Weekly

“A spectacular novel . . . What follows is a gritty, gripping tale of girlhood, spirituality, and how salvation comes from the unlikeliest of places.” —Esquire, A Best Book of the Year 

“[An] absolute masterpiece . . . Imagine if Annie Proulx wrote something like White Oleander crossed with Geek Love or Cruddy, and then add cults, God, motherhood, girlhood, class, deserts, witches, the divinity of women . . . Terrifying, resplendent, and profoundly moving, this book will leave you changed.” —T Kira Madden, author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls

“A nefarious religious cult right out of Gilead, a phone sex line, and a beautifully-rendered mother-daughter relationship—if you’re not intrigued already, maybe there’s no salvation for you. Think Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go Bernadette meets Emma Cline’s The Girls.” —O, the Oprah Magazine

“Surreal . . . Godshot culminates in a dizzying depiction of childbirth—a true holy rite that instantly reveals the falseness of the rest.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Depicting the ravages of economic disaster and the cruelty desperate people will accept in return for promises of a better life, Godshot is about patriarchy, extremist religion and their result, misogyny and sexual violence. And yet, despite being distressing at times, the book leaves room for light and a twisted sort of humor-even as Peaches spirals into darkness.” —Los Angeles Times

Godshot, from debut author Chelsea Bieker, is an unnerving tour de force. Exploring the gritty, confounding ways innocence—especially girlhood-clash with spirituality, family, love, and gender, the story follows 14-year-old Lacey, who lives in a Californian town paralyzed by drought.” —Elle.com

“Try not to get excited about a book that’s described as Flannery O’Connor’s Gothic parables cut with a California twist.” —San Francisco Chronicle

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