Congratulations to author Susan Perly for being longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel DEATH VALLEY published by Wolsak and Wynn

The long-list nominations were selected by a five-member jury panel featuring Canadian writers Lawrence Hill, Jeet Heer, and Kathleen Winter; British author Samantha Harvey; and Scottish writer Alan Warner.  The Giller Prize shortlist will be announced Sept. 26, and the award ceremony will broadcast on Nov. 7.

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About the Book

Legendary war photographer Vivienne Pink has five days to photograph servicemen about to deploy for active combat. Racing to meet her deadline she heads to Las Vegas where she’ll capture images of men who may die the next day – and where she’ll confront an abuser from her past to force a reckoning. Accompanied by her husband, a celebrated novelist, and her best friend, a former CIA spook, Vivienne heads out into the Nevada desert in search of adrenaline, vengeance and the perfect shot. Told in a vivid, hallucinogenic realism, Death Valley is a sexy, fast-paced tale that’s part Pynchon, part Tarantino and so radioactive you’ll need a Geiger counter.

Reading Death Valley is like going on a road trip into the hallucinatory landscape of the CIA’s repressed memories. Hypnotic and startling, with a cast of troubled artists and agents, this sensual novel is a lush fever dream of power, politics, betrayal and revenge. With scenes so vivid and unflinching and downright bizarre, this novel gets under your skin like the desert sand at its core.
— Jennifer LoveGrove, author of Watch How We Walk and I Should Never Have Fired the Sentinel
Equal parts Twin Peaks and Alice in Wonderland, Susan Perly’s Death Valley is a film-noir-spy-western – hallucinogenic, thought-provoking and bizarre enough to satisfy anyone who thinks about art, nuclear fallout, classic films, conspiracies or love. It’s wild enough to be fiction, and real enough to blow your mind.
— Michelle Berry, author of Interference and Blind Crescent