Valentine

Valentine

An astonishing debut novel that explores the lingering effects of a brutal crime on the women of one small Texas oil town in the 1970s.

Mercy is hard in a place like this . . .
It’s February 1976, and Odessa, Texas, stands on the cusp of the next great oil boom. While the town’s men embrace the coming prosperity, its women intimately know and fear the violence that always seems to follow.

In the early hours of the morning after Valentine’s Day, fourteen-year-old Gloria Ramírez appears on the front porch of Mary Rose Whitehead’s ranch house, broken and barely alive. The teenager had been viciously attacked in a nearby oil field—an act of brutality that is tried in the churches and barrooms of Odessa before it can reach a court of law. When justice is evasive, the stage is set for a showdown with potentially devastating consequences.

Valentine is a haunting exploration of the intersections of violence and race, class and region in a story that plumbs the depths of darkness and fear, yet offers a window into beauty and hope. Told through the alternating points of view of indelible characters who burrow deep in the reader’s heart, this fierce, unflinching, and surprisingly tender novel illuminates women’s strength and vulnerability, and reminds us that it is the stories we tell ourselves that keep us alive.

Title:Valentine
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062913265
Format Type:

    Valentine Reviews

  • Paromjit

    An astonishingly unforgettable debut from the talented Elizabeth Wetmore, historical fiction set in the searing heat and dust of West Texas, in the cursed bust and boom oil town of Odessa in 1976, a w...

  • Will Byrnes

    Hey there, Valentine. His soft drawl marked him as not from here, but not that far away either, and his words took the ugly right out of the parking lot. Her mouth went dry as a stick of chalk. She...

  • Elyse  Walters

    I’m still basking with profound ‘aw’!!! Review to come....Update: My little book review...... :)“Valentine”, by Elizabeth Wetmore will be released in April - 2020 …..Put it on your wishlis...

  • Julie

    Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore is a 2020 Harper publication. Phenomenal Debut!After fourteen- year old Gloria Ramirez is beaten and raped, she escapes her attacker, finally making her way to the doors...

  • Brenda -Traveling Sister

    Again I found myself lost in the descriptive writing to a story and I struggled through the story trying to figure what it was exploring. I was intrigued by Gloria and Mary Rose's storyline here but i...

  • Diane S ?

    The year is 1976 and Odessa, Texas is experiencing an oil boom. Men from different locations have all come to the fields, looking for work and a chance to make big money. They are hard working, but al...

  • Paige

    Yes, it start's out the day after a young teen's rape, but it doesn't stay there. It's a character driven novel that orbits around race, gender, and integrity in Odessa, Texas in 1976 as seen through ...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    A must read! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ I will never forget this book or my experience reading Valentine. It wasn’t easy to be a girl or woman in Odessa, Texas in 1976, and this book is abou...

  • Beata

    I am kind of short of words to describe all the emotions this novel granted me. Having received a library copy, I read it just in two days and finished this morning.Those of my GR Friends who have alr...

  • Berit???

    Profound. Poignant. Authentic. Raw. Beautiful. Elizabeth Wetmore’s debut Took my breath away and left me speechless. There is no way that my words can do this story justice. It was so beautifully wr...