Lambda Literary Award Winner and Ferro-Grumley Literary Award finalist
“Malone is back with another story that takes us deeper into the shadowy depths of the mind and heart with every twist of its plot . . . keeping the reader rapt all the way to the unforeseeable conclusion.” —Jane and Jane Magazine
Everybody longs for a happy ending.
The day the kid fell in the river—that was the moment for Claire and Liv. The first inkling of a possibility of something to pull them together. Following the death of her aunt, Claire struggled. For years, their lives had been bound together, with Claire happily writing the brilliant field guides whose covers carried her aunt’s name. Now she was alone. With no way to move forward. Until she looked at Liv with new eyes. Liv, the carpenter, the whirlwind, the beautiful danger. Liv, suddenly here. But sometimes the possibility of love is too much to bear. As opportunities slowly unfurl like the petals of a flower, Claire and Liv negotiate love’s challenges as well as its rewards. And on one terrible winter night, they confront the true cost of loving.
Everybody longs for a happy ending. Don’t they?
Praise for Red Audrey and the Roping by Jill Malone
“Finely tuned, daring, and perceptive, Malone’s auspicious debut leaves us wanting more.—Booklist
“With its lyrical dialogue, complex characters, and atmospheric setting, this is a dazzling and dramatic debut.” —Richard Labonte, Book Marks Reviews “Red Audrey and the Roping is a magnificent debut. The novel is accomplished on nearly every level — engaging characters, lyrical prose, and a mystery that is certain to keep you turning the pages.” —AfterEllen.com
“A lyrical, passionate novel about desire, about danger, and about the need for self-forgiveness. A wonderfully impressive writing debut.” —Sarah Waters
“Jill Malone’s Red Audrey and the Roping is a terrific debut novel, a sharply-written, entertaining tour of the landscape between longing and regret.” —Jess Walter