Publication Date: 25/01/2024 ISBN: 9781399606097 Category: Tag:

On the Savage Side

Tiffany McDaniel

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication Date: 25/01/2024 ISBN: 9781399606097 Category: Tag:
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In Chillicothe, Ohio, women go missing all the time. Arc and her twin sister, Daffy, know this: they live on the savage side, a run-down paper-mill town in the foothills of Appalachia, where used needles litter the ground and the women of their family are caught in cycles of trauma and abuse. Desperate to escape, the sisters weave dreams of a different future. But five women have already disappeared. And if Arc or her sister were to be next, who would care to look for them?
Drawing on the unsolved murders of the Chillicothe Six, Tiffany has written an elegy to missing women everywhere: a dark, mesmerising novel about the courage it takes to dream of a better life, even as certain danger closes in. Harrowing, haunting, and unforgettable in every way, I couldn’t put this beautiful, devastating novel down. – Liv




No heart is safe on the savage side.

Arcade and Daffodil are twin sisters born one minute apart. With their fiery red hair and thirst for escape, they form an imaginative world of their own, nurtured by their grandmother’s stories. But no matter how hard they try, Arc and Daffy can’t escape the generational ghosts that haunt their family. And so, left to fend for themselves in the shadow of their rural Ohio town, the two sisters cling tight to one another.

Years later, a local woman is discovered dead in the river. Soon, more bodies are left floating in the water, and as the killer circles ever closer, Arc’s promise to keep her sister safe becomes increasingly desperate – and the powerful riptide of the savage side more difficult to survive.

Drawing from the true story of women killed in Chillicothe, Ohio, acclaimed novelist and poet Tiffany McDaniel offers a moving literary testament and fearless elegy for missing women everywhere.

Publisher Review

Eye-opening, chilling and yet compassionate, On the Savage Side is a disturbing and insightful re-imagining of a true-life crime story. * Dan Chaon, author of ILL WILL * A brilliant and beautifully written book about a stark and terrible world, On the Savage Side brings a sense of humanity to the ravages of addiction. This book is as important as it is timely. * Garth Stein, author of THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN * Inspired by a true crime story, Tiffany McDaniel has written a novel of the highest literary merits, a book about the bonds of family, community, and the consequences of those bonds failing us. It is a story that speaks to America’s current moral disorientation, and then transcends it. * Elliot Ackerman, author of DARK AT THE CROSSING * Tiffany McDaniel’s characters will break a reader’s heart with their longing and vulnerable loves. “A trio of women who could have been queens in a different parade,” they tell stories of an America that deserves a closer look, from a writer who delineates their lives with tenderness. * Susan Straight, author of HIGHWIRE MOON * In On the Savage Side, Tiffany McDaniel paints a portrait of addiction that is honest and unapologetically brutal, yet her twin protagonists are never defined solely by their struggles. Instead they are artists and swimmers, archeologists and poets, searching for the smallest glints of hope in a world where their love for each other is the only constant. Dedicated to the memory of six women who disappeared or were killed in Chillicothe, Ohio, the novel asks pressing questions about why society deems some injustices tragic and others merely inconvenient. If only all women whose suffering has been ignored could have an artist as gifted as McDaniel to give their eulogy. * Anjali Sachdeva, author of ALL THE NAMES THEY USED FOR GOD * Tiffany McDaniel spins an elaborate, glittering web of brutality and childlike innocence. On the Savage Side lays bare the cruel devolution of addiction, and the way it clings to a family, dragging them into poverty and desperate acts. This book will leave you breathless, heartbroken, and agape at how beauty persists in the midst of tragedy. * Bryn Greenwood, author of ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS * Striking, ethereal and transcendent * New York Times * Unapologetically beautiful . . . McDaniel combines unflinching realism with otherworldly fairy-tale lyricism to powerfully redemptive effect in this slow-burning reckoning with America’s exploding drugs nightmare * Daily Mail * An evocative and deeply moving story * Irish Times *

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