Melissa Anne Peterson
A writer educated at The Evergreen State College and the University of Montana, who has worked in endangered species recovery along the way, Melissa Anne Peterson is here with an excellent, Pacific Northwest-set debut novel, Vera Violet (Counterpoint). This is the tough coming-of-age story of a group of teenaged people scuffling along in a decaying small Northwest town.
“Vera Violet is raw, unflinching, and above all necessary. As the storyline spans the country and scoops up those both broken and beautiful, Peterson gives voice to the unheard and overlooked with an honesty few writers come close to achieving. This is writing that is lyrical in the way a caged animal is lyrical: fierce with a soleness of purpose, distilled, unadorned, and unapologetically alive.—Melissa Mylchreest.
“Vera Violet is the most authentic and exciting debut I've read in a long time. At once gritty and jaw-droppingly lyrical, Peterson's voice is a clarion call for the downtrodden and disenchanted. Reading Vera Violet is nothing less than a visceral and stirring experience.—Jonathan Evison.