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Ruchika Tomar - A Prayer for Travelers

Presented by Book Passage at Book Passage, Corte Madera, Corte Madera CA

Jul 11 2019
Ruchika Tomar - A Prayer for Travelers

Debut novelist reads from her story of the female experience in the American West

An audacious debut, A Prayer for Travelers explores the complicated legacy of the American West and the trauma of female experience.

Cale Lambert, a bookish loner of mysterious parentage, lives in a dusty town near the California-Nevada border, a place where coyotes scavenge for backyard dogs and long-haul truckers scavenge for pills and girls.

Cale was raised by her grandfather in a loving, if codependent, household, but as soon as she’s left high school his health begins an agonizing decline. Set adrift for the first time, Cale starts waitressing at the local diner, where she reconnects with Penélope Reyes, a charismatic former classmate running mysterious side-hustles to fund her dreams.

Penny exposes Cale to the reality that exists beyond their small town, and the girls become inseparable—-until one terrifying act of violence shatters their world. When Penny vanishes without a trace, Cale must set off on a dangerous quest across the desert to find her friend, and discover herself.

Ruchika Tomar was raised in Southern California. She holds a BA in English literature from the University of California, Irvine, and an MFA from Columbia University. A recent Wallace Stegner Fellow, she is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.

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7:00 – 8:30 pm

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Book Passage, Corte Madera

51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925

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