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Eve Malone is impatient, her life unsettled. When not working, she cares for her mother in a dilapidated trailer on the family property, Malone Ridge. Momma is in rehab, and Daddy is getting out of prison soon. To cope, Eve lives vicariously through a favorite graphic novel and her best friend, Marcy. This wasn’t the life she had planned for after high school.
Tragedy provides Eve the opportunity to escape the drug-addled Allegheny mountains of West Virginia. She leaves her shattered home and all she knows behind for Alexandria, Virginia, a land not so distant in miles but a world away from her old life. Starting anew is not easy but Eve perseveres and thrives when a once dashed dream reappears, calling her home to Malone Ridge.
Malone Ridge is a poignant and quirky coming-of-age story with an obstacle at every turn and pacing to match its protagonist’s speed on the road. The novel explores themes of love, of chaos and order, resistance and resilience, and the power of place. Malone Ridge and the unique young woman who calls it home will stay with the reader for a very long time.
In this lovely coming-of-age novel, Dill evokes Malone Ridge as a place to leave. Then, slowly,
as life will, it becomes central to the heart. This is Malone Ridge, the place and the book together, a story as indelible and welcoming as home.
-David L. Robbins, New York Times bestselling author of War of the Rats and Isaac's Beacon
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Malone Ridge by James K. Dill follows a young woman's journey as she navigates the trials and tribulations of life to carve out a path for herself. Eve Malone was the star cross-country runner of her high school, eager to pursue further studies in college. However, her mother's failing health and her father's crimes force her to abandon her dreams and take care of her mother in a decrepit trailer in Nitro, West Virginia. After her mother's death, she leaves her home and makes for Alexandria, Virginia, where she soon finds herself homeless and panhandling on the streets. An artist named Baker provides her with sanctuary, and slowly, Eve starts getting her life back on track. While the two begin a romantic relationship, Eve follows her dreams and enrolls in college, making a name for herself racing cross-country. But what does her heart want?
James K. Dill crafts some vivid and memorable characters in this new adult drama that will pluck at your heartstrings and emotions, leaving you wanting more. Malone Ridge is a tale of resilience and hope and how people can claw their way back from adversity with a combination of stubborn determination and courage to follow their hearts and dreams. The narrative is well-paced and full of dramatic scenes involving character interactions you can't get enough of. Each character feels well-developed, and their grounded nature and realistic personalities make them thoroughly compelling to read. Eve's story kept me fully invested until the very last page. This is a
riveting slice-of-life story that I highly recommend.
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