A Prayer for Travelers

A Prayer for Travelers

This daring debut novel propels readers into the world of Penny and Cale, two marginalized young women who forge an intense bond against a constricting backdrop of violence and isolation in Nevada's northern desert. Cale, a bookish loner of mysterious parentage, was abandoned by her mother and raised by her grandfather in a loving, if codependent, household. One pivotal sum This daring debut novel propels readers into the world of Penny and Cale, two marginalized young women who forge an i...

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Title:A Prayer for Travelers
Author:Ruchika Tomar
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Genres:Fiction
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

A Prayer for Travelers Reviews

  • Kelly
    Jun 28, 2019
    The blurbs on this book are so Literary and don't tell you that this is a mystery, told out of order, about a brown girl named Cale who is raised by her grandfather who becomes entwined with a brown girl named Penny who goes missing. They're close friends -- though we only kind of beli...
  • Jenny
    Jul 15, 2019
    I finished this one a while ago but am having trouble deciding how I feel about it. Writers today often write a narrative that jumps around in time, and Ruchika Tomar also employs this method. Some authors do this better than others. For the first third of the book I had trouble keepin...
  • ☮Karen
    Sep 04, 2019
    3.5 stars. This book surprised me with Chapters numbered 31, then 2, then 5, then 3, etc., which usually really, really irritates me. But actually the numbering helped me to keep straight where in the story we were at all the different timelines. I also liked the grittiness of the dese...
  • Janet
    Jul 13, 2019
    This book, about the friendship of two very different young women in a desert town so small its known only to those who live there. A quiet girl who cares for her grandfather on the land, sensitive to the small nuances of texture and love, and a brash, explosive girl trying to create a...
  • Annie
    Jun 10, 2019
    When my brain starts to make connections between stories, it usually stays with in one medium. For example, I tend to compare books to books, movies to movies, songs to songs, etc. But every now and then, I?ll run across a story that jumps across media. That?s exactly what happened...
  • Catherine at The Gilmore Guide to Books
    Jul 12, 2019
    Cale doesn?t have a lot of people in her life. In fact, there?s only one since her mother left her in a hospital room when she was an infant. Her grandfather, a quiet old man who has no experience with children, who takes her to casinos while he gambles, but whose face, voice, and ...
  • Diana
    Aug 01, 2019
    More stars if the story was linear instead of the chapters bouncing around. It made the story more annoying than interesting. ...
  • Linda Robinson
    Jul 24, 2019
    An excellent example of why there aren't more women road stories. And why timelines that bounce need to be tethered somehow somewhere. ...
  • Penny (Literary Hoarders)
    Jan 28, 2019
    Here's another book where a main character is named Penny. :-) Another to add to the list. ...
  • Stacey A.  Prose and Palate
    Jul 09, 2019
    ?The entire right side of my face was throbbing, but Penny still looked beautiful; her exquisite features unmarred. She bore no physical changes from the events of the evening, no by-product of terror beyond the characteristic flush of her cheeks. Yet it was her beauty that had bee...
  • Stacey A.  Prose and Palate
    Jul 09, 2019
    ?The entire right side of my face was throbbing, but Penny still looked beautiful; her exquisite features unmarred. She bore no physical changes from the events of the evening, no by-product of terror beyond the characteristic flush of her cheeks. Yet it was her beauty that had been ...
  • Madeline
    Aug 29, 2019
    You know when a book just sits around for so long and you somehow think it won't be that great (or is that just me?)? That's what happened with this, but wow, was I wrong! I was immediately hooked, and this proved to be a relatively fast read for me. Every time I began reading, I was q...
  • Amy
    Aug 09, 2019
    I don?t know wtf I just read or why I finished it ...
  • Megan P ☆
    Jul 29, 2019
    4.25/5 CW: sexual abuse/assault & violence (both in-text) I really loved this but it wasn?t an easy read. Pros: Absolutely excellent writing and atmosphere, with characters you deeply care about. I could visualize every face and place in this book with total clarity. It ...
  • Susie | Novel Visits
    Jul 14, 2019
    {My Thoughts} I have so much to say about A Prayer for Travelers that I?m finding it difficult to know where to start. I loved Rochika Tomar?s very original, beautifully written debut. Let?s start with the most unusual way she told her story: mixing up the chapters. That?s rig...
  • Michelle
    Aug 04, 2019
    3.0-3.5 Stars. Your guess is as good as mine on whether another reader would like this or not. It's a love it or hate it kind of book. I've seen some people compare this to Sadie and I'd say it's of the same vein. It's main characters are young girls, it's very dark and also un...
  • Bonnie Brody
    Jul 13, 2019
    While I found the writing quite compelling and poetic at times, this novel just didn't come together for me. This had nothing to do with the unique way that the chapters were not non-linearly laid out. For instance, the novel opens up with Chapter 31 and the next chapter is 2, and so f...
  • Nancy
    Aug 23, 2019
    More of a 3.5 for me. Shuffling around the chapters felt gimmicky to me, and it made it harder for me to connect with the characters. As I learned more about Cale I felt like I understood her more, but the insight came too late. She's a very strange woman and I think a more traditional...
  • S.G. Wright
    Jul 25, 2019
    I'm somewhere between 3 & 4 stars ... and I'm still getting my thoughts together about what I thought of this novel -- which is about a bookish loner named Cale (around 19) who's been raised on little money in a desert town (near the Nevada/Calif border) by her maternal grandfather...
  • Barbara
    Sep 03, 2019
    ?A Prayer For Travelers? is Ruchika Tomar?s debut novel. It?s a literary mystery involving a loner teenage girl and her missing fearless friend. Cale is that awkward girl in school who has no friends. She?s raised by her grandfather, Lamb, after her mother abandoned her. T...
  • Anne ✨
    Jul 24, 2019
    Wow! I adored this gritty noir mystery/coming-of-age debut! It has gorgeous writing, a suspenseful edginess, and a Nevada desert town setting that drips with desolation and desperation. The story is told in a non-linear format, slowly revealing out-of-order moments in the life of 17...
  • Cátia Vieira
    Aug 03, 2019
    Why should you read this book? Two marginalized young women: Cale and Penny. Violence. Nevada?s northern desert. These are the crucial ingredients of A Prayer for Travelers by Ruchika Tomar. In this debut novel, Penny suddenly disappears and Cale sets off on a dangerous quest across...
  • Jk
    Aug 19, 2019
    I received a gorgeous hardcover copy of this book for free via the Goodreads Giveaways program and would like to thank everyone involved in making that happen! This is a beautifully written, haunting and emotionally impactful story told out of sequence. While ultimately I think the ...
  • Jamie Canaves
    Aug 05, 2019
    One Of My Favorite Reads This Year! (TW sexual assault on page/ terminal illness/ past child abuse/ talk of suicide with some details) I feel like recently I?ve labeled a few books as unique and this one gets tossed in that pile too! The chapters are basically out of order?not i...
  • Julia Torgrimso
    Aug 10, 2019
    I don't usually write reviews but I feel like I have to for this book. The premise of the book is Cale's friend, Penny, has disappeared and Cale attempts to find her. That is the basic storyline but there is a great deal more that takes place in this story. The structure of this bo...
  • Michele
    Aug 01, 2019
    Gorgeously written, this story of the friendship between two young women and the mystery that envelops them is a page-turner. At turns violent and terrifying, then tender and understated, I was mesmerized from the opening to the closing of this fine read. ...
  • Anya Yurchyshyn
    Jul 14, 2019
    A Prayer for Travelers is a deeply moving story about how hard it is--often literally--for young women to survive adolescence and the primal and indestructible bonds of friendship. I totally recognized Cale?s relationship with her best friend Penny and was as invested in it as they w...
  • S
    Aug 04, 2019
    This book is very well written. The author?s use of similes and metaphors strikes just the right balance allowing the story and the prose to open and create space for the reader. The timing is impeccable- I never found the story dragging or speeding too fast. The author also was quit...
  • James Beggarly
    May 18, 2019
    Wonderful book where the author has scrambled the chapters so that we see two women who work at a diner become friends, but also follow the story of how one of the women goes missing and the lengths that the other woman will go to to try and find her. Tomar is such a smart writer with ...
  • Namrata
    Jun 25, 2019
    BRO. SIGN ME UP, BECAUSE.... THAT COVER!!!! ...