Sodom Road Exit

Sodom Road Exit Review

It's the summer of 1990 and Crystal Beach has lost its beloved, long-running amusement park, leaving the lakeside village a virtual ghost town. It is back to this fallen community that Starla Mia Martin must return to live with her overbearing mother after dropping out of university and racking up significant debt. But an economic downturn, mother-daughter drama, and Generation X disillusionment soon prove to be to be the least of Starla's troubles. A mysterious and salacious force begins to dog her; inexplicable sounds in the night and indescribable sights spotted in the periphery. Soon enough, Starla must confront the unresolved traumas that haunt Crystal Beach. Sodom Road Exit might read like a conventional paranormal thriller, except that Starla is far from a conventional protagonist. Where others might feel fear, Starla feels lust and queer desire. When others might run, Starla draws the horror nearer. And in turn, she draws a host of capricious characters toward her--all of them challenged to seek answers beyond their own temporal realities. Sodom Road Exit, the second novel by Lambda Literary Award winner Amber Dawn, is a book that's alive with both desire and dread.

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  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian

    Very cool blend of family drama, queer person returning to small hometown, and a good old fashioned haunting, all while making interesting changes to your usual expectations of those stories. Full rev...

  • Audrey

    Much like Sub Rosa was written for sex workers, this novel was written for survivors. The story and characters are going to stay with me forever. ...

  • Sassafras Lowrey

    admittedly i hate stories about mothers and daughters loving each other even in complicated hurt ways, so in that regard this book wasn't my cup of tea BUT this novel is wonderful, and smart and haunt...

  • M.

    I love this book! Best described as "lesbian supernatural thriller," which is probably all the info you need. But here's my blurb: "A fun park ghost story that tilts from horror to desire and back aga...

  • Maddie (HedgehogBookReviews)

    You can also find this review on Hedgehog Book Reviews!Starla is disappointed that she has to move back in with her mom after dropping out of college. Originally from the small town of Crystal Beach, ...

  • Ahmad Ramadan

    An amazing style of writing, great storytelling, and a mixture of so many narratives and genres, I adore the complexity of queer characters and the depth of understanding there. Amber Dawn never disap...

  • Amanda

    i'm hosting an event at the Ottawa International Writers Festival on April 29 that features this book, Casey Plett's Little Fishes and Joshua Whitehead's Jonny Appleseed, so i'm reading ahead. I've be...

  • Lea Taranto

    This book did to my soul what the supernatural did to Starla’s body. At times so emotionally charged and raw that I had to put it down, the catharsis the bittersweet healing that came with it was ev...

  • Marilyn

    "Paranormal thriller" isn't really my genre or I might give it a higher rating. The author is a Canadian poet, and I liked "Poetry saved my life." If you are ok with reading a fair amount of sex, prof...

  • Tara Borin

    I loved this book! The characters are wonderfully flawed; I found myself alternately frustrated by Starla and rooting for her. The relationships between the characters are very real in their complexit...