Odessa, Texas, is at the brink of the next big oil boom in 1976. While the men are ready for the coming good fortune, the women are fearful of the violence that always seems to come with a big boom.
The day after Valentine’s Day, fourteen-year-old Gloria Ramírez appears on the front porch of Mary Rose Whitehead’s ranch house, barely alive, after an attack in a nearby oil field. In Odessa, justice is often taken into the hands of its citizens in churches and bars, before the courts can get their hands on the case.
Told through the alternating points of view, Valentine tells the story of women’s strength and vulnerability, and explores the intersections of violence and race.
Dayton Literary Peace Prize Nominee for Fiction, Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Debut Novel, Read with Jenna Book Club Pick, New York Times Bestseller
Book Club Reading Discussion Schedule
The dates listed below are the days we will be posting discussion questions in the Facebook group. On those dates, we will be talking about the chapters listed.
Wednesday, December 8: Pages 1-83
Wednesday, December 15: Pages 84-165
Wednesday, December 22: Pages 166-238
Wednesday, December 29: Pages 239-end