Red Audrey and the Roping by Jill Malone


Winner of the Bywater Prize for Fiction


Fight or flight?

Jane Elliott has tried both.

Surfing, letting the waves take her. Teaching Latin, clutching at its rules to feel safe. Safe from a lover, safe from her friends, safe from her mother’s death—and her guilt. A guilt that has her flinching from love and embracing pain. And now she lies in a hospital bed, alone. Set against the landscapes and seascapes of Hawaii, this is a story of one woman’s courage and her struggle to find a balance between what she desires and what she deserves. Gripping and emotional, Red Audrey and the Roping is also a remarkable literary achievement. The breathtaking prose evokes setting, characters, and relationships with equal grace. Splintered fragments of narrative come together to form a seamless suspenseful story that flows effortlessly to its dramatic conclusion. This is a journey that will transform its readers as well as Jane.

Red Audrey and the Roping is the winner of the second annual Bywater Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Debut Fiction

Praise for Red Audrey and the Roping

“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

Red Audrey and the Roping is so fresh, so beautifully observed that I simply couldn’t put it down. This is a literary gem that’s hard to categorize: it isn’t a romance but it is a love story, or perhaps more correctly, the story of a woman’s search for herself through love. One of the best books I’ve read this year.” —Ellen Hart

“A surfer chick who teaches Latin! The smart, adrenaline-addicted protagonist of Red Audrey and the Roping is irresistible. But that’s just the beginning. This fierce and tender meditation on grief deepens with every page, eventually—miraculously—delivering even the meaning of love.” —Lucy Jane Bledsoe

Red Audrey and the Roping is one of the most memorable first novels you will ever read.” —Val McDermid

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