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Velocity, by Kristin McCloy

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Velocity, by Kristin McCloy

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Velocity, by Kristin McCloy

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A novel exploring the connection between grief and love, this is the story of Ellie Lowell, a college graduate shattered by her mother's sudden death, whose return to the rural North Carolina town of her childhood marks the beginning of an obsessive, destructive love affair.


From Publishers Weekly

This ``compelling, erotic'' debut novel tells of a few weeks in the life of 25-year-old Ellie Lowell, who has come home to North Carolina after her mother's sudden death. ``An accomplished writer, McCloy is not afraid to handle a difficult subject,'' praised PW. (Apr.)

From Library Journal

Love, and the pain of its loss, are at the heart of this exceptional first novel. When her mother dies in a car accident, 25-year-old Ellie Lowell leaves her lover and work in New York to spend the summer with her father in her North Carolina hometown. But Ellie and Tom Lowell, never close, offer each other little comfort; he's a cop who works overtime for distraction, she's a waitress who finds no balm for her grief at work. Vulnerable, she's drawn to and soon obsessed with a half-Cherokee drug-dealing biker; she finds herself risking reputation and relationships as she drowns her sorrow in sex. McCloy draws these characters beautifully in clean, spare prose, which is alternately deeply sensual and achingly moving. A striking literary debut. Literary Guild Alternate. Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L., Va.


Kristin McCloy was born in San Francisco and spent her childhood in Spain, India, and Japan. A graduate of Duke University, she is the author of Velocity, Some Girls, andHollywood Savage. Her novels have been published in more than fifteen countries. McCloy currently lives in Oakland, California.