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Every Bone a Prayer


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"Every Bone A Prayer is a difficult, important, and beautifully rendered story of generational trauma, survival, and healing. The characters I met within its pages have stayed with me, their names and stories etched on my memory." - NPR
"In this haunting debut novel, Blooms makes a mystical exploration of the hidden power that lies within and the strategies assault survivors can undertake to regain a feeling of ownership over body and mind." - Booklist
"This is the kind of book we need to set literary expectations for a new decade. It's so textured, so layered with love and so wonderfully terrifying, intimate and magical." - Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy: An American Memoir
"Every Bone a Prayer evokes the magic of my favorite childhood stories - thrilling, but eerie - but it's also a painful, beautiful, and necessary examination of trauma and autonomy." - Buzzfeed
"An essential novel, timely, composed with such care and lyricism that it took my breath away more than once. You will fall in love with Misty, and your heart will break. But with the patience and care of a crawdad creating its burrow, Ashley Blooms will heal your hurt and you will never forget this book." - Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
"Searing and soothing, honest and elusive, Every Bone a Prayer is a gift. It's the pure truth, told slant." - Alix E. Harrow, author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January
"A beautifully rendered coming-of-age tale for a wide range of readers." - Library Journal
"Every Bone a Prayer is beautifully written and absolutely harrowing from first page to last. It's unlike anything you've ever read before, and you will be mesmerized by it. Misty is among the most endearing characters I've met on the written page in a long while and I won't forget her anytime soon. This haunting debut announces the arrival of one of the most original and exciting new voices in literature." - Silas House, author of Clay's Quilt and Southernmost
"There's magic in this book - and pain, and beauty, and horror - but the magic is what will keep you glued to the page, and have your heart singing the whole way." - Sam J. Miller, Nebula-Award-winning author of Blackfish City
"Ashley Blooms's debut novel, Every Bone a Prayer, is a brilliant and powerful book. Misty's story is full of magic and heartbreak, sorrow and strength. This is a vital story, beautifully written, and one I highly recommend." - Kat Howard, Alex Award-winning author of An Unkindness of Magicians
"Haunting and healing, Every Bone A Prayer is a powerful debut that will leave its mark on readers' hearts." - Kim Michele Richardson, New York Times bestselling author of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
"Ashley Blooms sings in an authentic mountain voice that reminds me of another great coal-country elegist: whatever the family Bible may record, she and Hazel Dickens are surely the closest of kin. Like a hawk over a hollow, Blooms both soars and sees all." - Andy Duncan, author of An Agent of Utopia
"I couldn't stop reading Ashley Bloom's raw-boned language that carried me on young Misty's journey. While the weight on her skin threatened to take her under, the current of hope had me rooting for Misty to rise up. I can't wait to see this book shoot into the stratosphere." - Leah Weiss, author of If the Creek Don't Rise
"I have loved Every Bone a Prayer since I saw an early draft years ago, loved Misty, her family, her secret talents, and the way she sees the world around her, from the crawfish in muddy water to the ghostly trees she runs past in the night, to the trailer park where she and her family barely survive. This is a book and a writer I highly recommend." - Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard out of Carolina

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