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In this riveting, heartfelt debut, a young woman assumes a new name to escape her dark past and find the redemption she desperately seeks.

"A terrific debut, told gently, honestly, and with a generous amount of hope." (New York Times best-selling author Jamie Ford)

Venus Black is a straitlaced A student fascinated by the study of astronomy - until the night she commits a shocking crime that tears her family apart and ignites a media firestorm. Venus refuses to talk about what happened or why, except to blame her mother. Adding to the mystery, Venus’s developmentally challenged younger brother, Leo, goes missing.

More than five years later, Venus is released from prison with a suitcase of used clothes, a fake identity, and a determination to escape her painful past. Estranged from her mother, and with her beloved brother still missing, she sets out to make a fresh start in Seattle, skittish and alone. But as new people enter her orbit - including a romantic interest and a young girl who seems like a mirror image of her former lost self - old wounds resurface, and Venus realizes that she can’t find a future while she’s running from her past.

In this gripping story, debut novelist Heather Lloyd brilliantly captures ordinary lives thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Told through a constellation of captivating voices, My Name Is Venus Black explores the fluidity of right and wrong, the pain of betrayal, and the meaning of love and family.

©2018 Heather Lloyd (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Lloyd’s debut novel is charming, touching.... Lloyd’s extraordinary plot is grounded in the complex, palpable emotions she exacts from her beautifully realized, heartwarming characters. A culminating series of reunions illuminate their richness and humanity as they confront guilt, blame, and forgiveness. Lloyd’s vivid, superbly crafted novel will have wide appeal." (Booklist)

"Moving.... [Lloyd] adroitly brings the resilient Venus to life.... A satisfying tale about family, forgiveness, and moving on." (Publishers Weekly)

"It’s impossible not to root for this strong, willful girl as she finds her place in the world and for her brother as he tries to make sense of it. A badass bildungsroman." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Loved it!

Don't expect wild car chases or extreme suspense! Instead, if you enjoy an interesting meandering tale of how a crime touched not just one family but many others, then this is a book you might enjoy. Narration is really great!

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Left a piece of me on Venus

This book was like super-glue. It’s stuck even if it is beyond painful to rip-off. It is as heartbreaking as “All the beautiful and ugly things” blended with “Room” and “Ginny moon” It will be a modern-classic. The narration raises the bar,don’t let this pass you by!

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Very good story

The younger voice annoyed me terribly and I considered returning the book but the story captured me enough to stick with it till the end.

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