Sunset City

Author(s): Melissa Ginsburg

Crime Fiction | No Category

Twenty-two-year-old Charlotte Ford reconnects with Danielle, her best friend from high school, a few days before Danielle is found bludgeoned to death in a motel room. In the wake of the murder, Charlotte's life unravels and she descends into the city's underbelly, where she meets the strippers, pornographers and drug dealers who surrounded Danielle in the years they were estranged. Ginsburg's Houston is part of a lesser known south, where the urban and rural collide gracelessly. In this shadowy world, culpability and sympathy blur in a debut novel which thrillingly brings its three female protagonists to the fore. Scary, funny and almost unbearably sad, Sunset City is written with rare grace and empathy holding you transfixed, praying for some kind of escape for Charlotte.


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A thrilling crime debut from a strikingly brave new voice - shades of Patrick deWitt's Ablutions and Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects

Danielle and Charlotte were best friends, before Danielle made some choices that saw their paths diverage. When Danielle dies, Charlotte plunges into her friend's world to figure out what went wrong. Full of surprises with a stunning plot twist, you will be guessing at every page.

Elisa, Book Grocer

Melissa Ginsburg was born and raised in Houston and attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is the author of the poetry collection Dear Weather Ghost and two poetry chapbooks, Arbor and Double Blind. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Mississippi. Sunset City is her first novel.

General Fields

  • : 9780571326723
  • : Faber & Faber
  • : Faber & Faber
  • : April 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Melissa Ginsburg
  • : Paperback
  • : 208