Looking for your next great summer read? Enjoy discussing good books with smart readers?
You’ve come to the right place.
Welcome to the first ever Stake Reading Club. From July 14-August 3, we’ll be reading Monica Byrne’s The Girl in the Road, the debut sci-fi novel everyone’s talking about.
At the Stake Reading club, there’s no sign-ups, no subscriptions—just a bunch of people reading the same book and discussing what interests us in its pages. As we read together, the blog will be home to posts and conversation about the novel, including:
• Exclusive interviews with the author, Monica Byrne
• Chats, close reads, and deep dives into the novel’s content by Stake contributors
• Opportunities for YOU to add your own thoughts to the discussion, and pose questions to the Stake and the author!
We couldn’t be more excited about The Girl in the Road. A sci-fi novel set in a future where global power has shifted east, The Girl in the Road is about two women who embark on distinct journeys. In India, Meema flees after an assassination attempt and takes refuge on The Trail, an energy-harvesting bridge spanning the Arabian Sea. Meanwhile, in Africa, the young Mariama leaves her home and travels with a band of misfits across the Sahara. One traveling east and the other west, both women are headed to Ethiopia, where their stories will converge in mysterious and shocking ways.
The Girl in the Road has garnered praise from such sci-fi luminaries as John Scalzi, Helene Wecker, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Neil Gaiman, who had this to say about it: “It’s transfixing to watch Monica Byrne become a major player in sci-fi with her debut novel: so sharp, so focused and so human. Beautifully drawn people in a future that feels so close you can touch it, blended with the lush language and concerns of myth. It builds a bridge from past to future, from East to West. Glorious stuff.”
We’ll begin reading on July 14—so head to your local bookstore and get your books now!
Here’s the reading schedule:
• 7/14-7/20, Books 1-4
• 7/21-7/27, Books 5-9
• 7/28-8/3, Book 10-end
We hope you will join us!