Girls of No Return by Erin Saldin

2014 Everybody Reads Selection

Girls of No Return by Erin Saldin

CUT meets HATCHET in this lacerating debut about girls, knives, and redemption.

The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area stretches across two million acres in northern Idaho. In its heart sits the Alice Marshall School, where fifty teenage girls come to escape their histories and themselves.

Lida Wallace has tried to negate herself in every way possible. At Alice Marshall, she meets Elsa Boone, a fierce native Idahoan; Jules, who seems too healthy to belong at the school; and Gia Longchamps, whose glamour entrances the entire camp. As the girls prepare for a wilderness trek, Lida is both thrilled and terrified to be chosen as Gia's friend. But everyone has their secrets--their "Things" they try to protect; and when those come out, the knives do as well.

“Secrets and lies, betrayal and trust, friends and enemies—there are weighty themes at the heart of this bold, compelling debut novel...this psychological mind-bender is raw, gripping, and deftly rolled out by a writer-to-watch.”

— Booklist (Starred Review)
Erin Saldin
Erin Saldin is the author of Girls of No Return .

Saldin grew up in Idaho. She worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa and a bartender in New York City before attending graduate school. She now lives with her family in Missoula, Montana, where she is a Lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana.

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