The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne
Crown Publishing (May 2014)
336 pages, 3 stars
ABOUT THE BOOK: Meena, a young woman living in a futuristic Mumbai, wakes up with five snake bites on her chest. She doesn’t know how or why, but she must flee India and return to Ethiopia, the place of her birth. Having long heard about The Trail-an energy-harvesting bridge that spans the Arabian Sea-she embarks on foot on this forbidden bridge, with its own subculture and rules. What awaits her in Ethiopia is unclear; she’s hoping the journey will illuminate it for her.
Mariama, a girl from a different time, is on a quest of her own. After witnessing her mother’s rape, she joins up with a caravan of strangers heading across Saharan Africa. She meets Yemaya, a beautiful and enigmatic woman who becomes her protector and confidante. Yemaya tells Mariama of Ethiopia, where revolution is brewing and life will be better. Mariama hopes against hope that it offers much more than Yemaya ever promised.
As one heads east and the other west, Meena and Mariama’s fates will entwine in ways that are profoundly moving and shocking to the core. —Goodreads.com
I really enjoyed The Girl in the Road! One thing I loved about it is that it’s not your typical heterosexual romance gone wrong story. Also, the writer has some creative ideas for the future of reproductive health. My main problem with the book was that it was a Netgalley copy and the formatting made it difficult to read. I think if I had real Kindle version, I would have enjoyed it a lot more and given it more stars.
FASHION FRIDAY: My dear little Trail-blazer, squeeze into these black pants, which look wet like you’ve been swimming, or perhaps falling off the Trail. Pair them with these black lace up boots. You’ll be camouflage at night when you travel, which is a good thing because what you’re doing is very illegal.
This white t-shirt keeps you cool during the scorching daylight hours and covers up those snake bites that dot your chest, which are a constant reminder of your lover in Mumbai. Your heart is still with her lifeless body, and this elbow patched sweater shows that to the world because you don’t voice emotion well/ever.
This snakeskin bag (which I don’t actually like, but it matches the cover so perfectly!) holds your floating pod and all the necessary items for when you have to sink into the ocean to avoid storms and other people. In that pod you might as well be in your own world. In fact, on the trail you are in your own world.