About the Book

Blue skies, empty land—and enough wide-open space to hide a horrifying secret. A woman with a past, a mysterious trunk, a town on the edge of nowhere, and a bracing new vision of the American West, from the award-winning author of The Changeling.

Crafted by a modern master of magical suspense, Lone Women blends shimmering prose, an unforgettable cast of adventurers who find horror and sisterhood in a brutal landscape, and a portrait of early-twentieth-century America like you’ve never seen. And at its heart is the gripping story of a woman desperate to bury her past—or redeem it.

Lone Women's book trailer


Join us on this trip into Victor LaValle's Lone Women.

The year is 1915, and Adelaide Henry is in trouble. She flees home to become one of the “lone women” taking advantage of the government’s offer of free land for those who can tame it—except that Adelaide isn’t alone.


Trace Adelaide's journey through the book.

Adelaide's secret sin killed her parents, forcing her to flee California in a hellfire rush and make her way to Montana as a homesteader.


Take a sneak peek into Adelaide's diary.

Dive into Adelaide's psyche as she tries to make her way as a lone homesteader in Big Sandy.

Just stay away from her enormous steamer trunk in the back, because when the trunk opens, people around Adelaide start to disappear.

The Bear Paw Mountaineer newspaper clipping

From The Bear Paw Mountaineer newspaper

Figure out what's going on in the town of Big Sandy, Montana...

Watch Victor LaValle on the making of Lone Women

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Victor LaValle

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Victor LaValle

Victor LaValle is the author of six previous works of fiction: three novels, two novellas, and a collection of short stories. His novels have been included in best-of-the-year lists by The New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, The Nation, and Publishers Weekly, among others. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Book Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Key to Southeast Queens. He lives in New York City with his wife and kids and teaches at Columbia University.

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