Sodom Road Exit

Sodom Road Exit

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 Gener It's the summer of 1990 and Crystal Beach has lost its beloved, long-running amusement park, leaving the lakeside village...

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Title:Sodom Road Exit
Author:Amber Dawn
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:1551527162
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:404 pages pages

Sodom Road Exit Reviews

  • M.
    Apr 03, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

    Gay girls. Ghosts. Small-town. 90s. Sexy. Trauma. Community building. The best media representation of someone like my mother I've ever read. I could not put it down! I'm glad it was not a short book so I could keep reading! <3 Many content/trigger warnings just to be aware of. ...

    i maybe can?t name all the reasons this novel was wow but here are a few: 1. lesbian ghost possessing a lesbian 2. in fact sorta a fucked up all lesbian polyam vee situation 3. survivor-centred real-ass inclusion of adult relationships & dating after csa 4. meet-cute doing ...

    ?Some claim to see her right away, others denounce her as a trick of light and shadow? Canadian author Amber Dawn is a filmmaker, and performance artist, and of course poet and author ? her novel SUB ROSA was winner of the Lambda Award and the memoir HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE w...

    Yeah, this was extremely great. All the people should read this. ...

    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 again, Sodom Road Exit is both the roller coaster and the scream -- a long, death-defying...

  • K
    Feb 17, 2019

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

  • Amanda
    Apr 09, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

    Gay girls. Ghosts. Small-town. 90s. Sexy. Trauma. Community building. The best media representation of someone like my mother I've ever read. I could not put it down! I'm glad it was not a short book so I could keep reading! <3 Many content/trigger warnings just to be aware of. ...

    i maybe can?t name all the reasons this novel was wow but here are a few: 1. lesbian ghost possessing a lesbian 2. in fact sorta a fucked up all lesbian polyam vee situation 3. survivor-centred real-ass inclusion of adult relationships & dating after csa 4. meet-cute doing ...

    ?Some claim to see her right away, others denounce her as a trick of light and shadow? Canadian author Amber Dawn is a filmmaker, and performance artist, and of course poet and author ? her novel SUB ROSA was winner of the Lambda Award and the memoir HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE w...

    Yeah, this was extremely great. All the people should read this. ...

    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 again, Sodom Road Exit is both the roller coaster and the scream -- a long, death-defying...

    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, she?s been living in the city of Toronto while slowly falling more and more into...

    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 disappoints. ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from the first few chapters of Sodom Road Exit. Now, it's a tough read - trigger warnings all over this book would be appropriate, and the first chapters had me worried that I was just not in the right headspace for this type of adventure. However, the char...

    Edit: Looking back, I'd be more likely to give this one a 4.5/5 because I did need some editing at parts that lagged on a bit too long. Sodom Road Exit gets 5/5 from me because it absolutely nails the "moments". The big, heartfelt, emotional, hard, funny, fucked up moments. Pulling ...

    I give this five for the second half of the book--a really neat ghost story, with lots of local references. I give it two for the slow moving first half of the book... and for the (for me) unnecessarily graphic sex scenes (and no, it doesn't matter if they're lesbian or hetero--they w...

    In Sodom Road Exit, author Amber Dawn writes speculative fiction that is a ghost story. The main character, Sterla or Star, is a young gay woman who moves back home to her mother's house because she is in debt and needs a place to live for free. They have a difficult relationship, part...

    I loved every page of this book. Stories with an unlikely heroine and a group of societal outcasts and misfits are easily my favourite kinds of stories and Amber Dawn has written a miraculous one. Crystal Beach in the 1970s was the very epitome of adventure for me, a small girl...

    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 been a fan of Amber Dawn's since I read Sub Rosa, a book of speculative fiction abou...

  • Julene
    Oct 02, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

    Gay girls. Ghosts. Small-town. 90s. Sexy. Trauma. Community building. The best media representation of someone like my mother I've ever read. I could not put it down! I'm glad it was not a short book so I could keep reading! <3 Many content/trigger warnings just to be aware of. ...

    i maybe can?t name all the reasons this novel was wow but here are a few: 1. lesbian ghost possessing a lesbian 2. in fact sorta a fucked up all lesbian polyam vee situation 3. survivor-centred real-ass inclusion of adult relationships & dating after csa 4. meet-cute doing ...

    ?Some claim to see her right away, others denounce her as a trick of light and shadow? Canadian author Amber Dawn is a filmmaker, and performance artist, and of course poet and author ? her novel SUB ROSA was winner of the Lambda Award and the memoir HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE w...

    Yeah, this was extremely great. All the people should read this. ...

    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 again, Sodom Road Exit is both the roller coaster and the scream -- a long, death-defying...

    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, she?s been living in the city of Toronto while slowly falling more and more into...

    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 disappoints. ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from the first few chapters of Sodom Road Exit. Now, it's a tough read - trigger warnings all over this book would be appropriate, and the first chapters had me worried that I was just not in the right headspace for this type of adventure. However, the char...

    Edit: Looking back, I'd be more likely to give this one a 4.5/5 because I did need some editing at parts that lagged on a bit too long. Sodom Road Exit gets 5/5 from me because it absolutely nails the "moments". The big, heartfelt, emotional, hard, funny, fucked up moments. Pulling ...

    I give this five for the second half of the book--a really neat ghost story, with lots of local references. I give it two for the slow moving first half of the book... and for the (for me) unnecessarily graphic sex scenes (and no, it doesn't matter if they're lesbian or hetero--they w...

    In Sodom Road Exit, author Amber Dawn writes speculative fiction that is a ghost story. The main character, Sterla or Star, is a young gay woman who moves back home to her mother's house because she is in debt and needs a place to live for free. They have a difficult relationship, part...

  • Grady
    Jun 10, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

    Gay girls. Ghosts. Small-town. 90s. Sexy. Trauma. Community building. The best media representation of someone like my mother I've ever read. I could not put it down! I'm glad it was not a short book so I could keep reading! <3 Many content/trigger warnings just to be aware of. ...

    i maybe can?t name all the reasons this novel was wow but here are a few: 1. lesbian ghost possessing a lesbian 2. in fact sorta a fucked up all lesbian polyam vee situation 3. survivor-centred real-ass inclusion of adult relationships & dating after csa 4. meet-cute doing ...

    ?Some claim to see her right away, others denounce her as a trick of light and shadow? Canadian author Amber Dawn is a filmmaker, and performance artist, and of course poet and author ? her novel SUB ROSA was winner of the Lambda Award and the memoir HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE w...

  • e-Lizabeth
    Aug 07, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

    Gay girls. Ghosts. Small-town. 90s. Sexy. Trauma. Community building. The best media representation of someone like my mother I've ever read. I could not put it down! I'm glad it was not a short book so I could keep reading! <3 Many content/trigger warnings just to be aware of. ...

    i maybe can?t name all the reasons this novel was wow but here are a few: 1. lesbian ghost possessing a lesbian 2. in fact sorta a fucked up all lesbian polyam vee situation 3. survivor-centred real-ass inclusion of adult relationships & dating after csa 4. meet-cute doing ...

    ?Some claim to see her right away, others denounce her as a trick of light and shadow? Canadian author Amber Dawn is a filmmaker, and performance artist, and of course poet and author ? her novel SUB ROSA was winner of the Lambda Award and the memoir HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE w...

    Yeah, this was extremely great. All the people should read this. ...

    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 again, Sodom Road Exit is both the roller coaster and the scream -- a long, death-defying...

    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, she?s been living in the city of Toronto while slowly falling more and more into...

    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 disappoints. ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from the first few chapters of Sodom Road Exit. Now, it's a tough read - trigger warnings all over this book would be appropriate, and the first chapters had me worried that I was just not in the right headspace for this type of adventure. However, the char...

    Edit: Looking back, I'd be more likely to give this one a 4.5/5 because I did need some editing at parts that lagged on a bit too long. Sodom Road Exit gets 5/5 from me because it absolutely nails the "moments". The big, heartfelt, emotional, hard, funny, fucked up moments. Pulling ...

    I give this five for the second half of the book--a really neat ghost story, with lots of local references. I give it two for the slow moving first half of the book... and for the (for me) unnecessarily graphic sex scenes (and no, it doesn't matter if they're lesbian or hetero--they w...

    In Sodom Road Exit, author Amber Dawn writes speculative fiction that is a ghost story. The main character, Sterla or Star, is a young gay woman who moves back home to her mother's house because she is in debt and needs a place to live for free. They have a difficult relationship, part...

    I loved every page of this book. Stories with an unlikely heroine and a group of societal outcasts and misfits are easily my favourite kinds of stories and Amber Dawn has written a miraculous one. Crystal Beach in the 1970s was the very epitome of adventure for me, a small girl...

  • Ahmad Ramadan
    Mar 14, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

    Gay girls. Ghosts. Small-town. 90s. Sexy. Trauma. Community building. The best media representation of someone like my mother I've ever read. I could not put it down! I'm glad it was not a short book so I could keep reading! <3 Many content/trigger warnings just to be aware of. ...

    i maybe can?t name all the reasons this novel was wow but here are a few: 1. lesbian ghost possessing a lesbian 2. in fact sorta a fucked up all lesbian polyam vee situation 3. survivor-centred real-ass inclusion of adult relationships & dating after csa 4. meet-cute doing ...

    ?Some claim to see her right away, others denounce her as a trick of light and shadow? Canadian author Amber Dawn is a filmmaker, and performance artist, and of course poet and author ? her novel SUB ROSA was winner of the Lambda Award and the memoir HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE w...

    Yeah, this was extremely great. All the people should read this. ...

    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 again, Sodom Road Exit is both the roller coaster and the scream -- a long, death-defying...

    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, she?s been living in the city of Toronto while slowly falling more and more into...

    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 disappoints. ...

  • Maddie (HedgehogBookReviews)
    Jan 25, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

    Gay girls. Ghosts. Small-town. 90s. Sexy. Trauma. Community building. The best media representation of someone like my mother I've ever read. I could not put it down! I'm glad it was not a short book so I could keep reading! <3 Many content/trigger warnings just to be aware of. ...

    i maybe can?t name all the reasons this novel was wow but here are a few: 1. lesbian ghost possessing a lesbian 2. in fact sorta a fucked up all lesbian polyam vee situation 3. survivor-centred real-ass inclusion of adult relationships & dating after csa 4. meet-cute doing ...

    ?Some claim to see her right away, others denounce her as a trick of light and shadow? Canadian author Amber Dawn is a filmmaker, and performance artist, and of course poet and author ? her novel SUB ROSA was winner of the Lambda Award and the memoir HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE w...

    Yeah, this was extremely great. All the people should read this. ...

    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 again, Sodom Road Exit is both the roller coaster and the scream -- a long, death-defying...

    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, she?s been living in the city of Toronto while slowly falling more and more into...

  • George Ilsley
    Jul 10, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

    Gay girls. Ghosts. Small-town. 90s. Sexy. Trauma. Community building. The best media representation of someone like my mother I've ever read. I could not put it down! I'm glad it was not a short book so I could keep reading! <3 Many content/trigger warnings just to be aware of. ...

    i maybe can?t name all the reasons this novel was wow but here are a few: 1. lesbian ghost possessing a lesbian 2. in fact sorta a fucked up all lesbian polyam vee situation 3. survivor-centred real-ass inclusion of adult relationships & dating after csa 4. meet-cute doing ...

    ?Some claim to see her right away, others denounce her as a trick of light and shadow? Canadian author Amber Dawn is a filmmaker, and performance artist, and of course poet and author ? her novel SUB ROSA was winner of the Lambda Award and the memoir HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE w...

    Yeah, this was extremely great. All the people should read this. ...

    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 again, Sodom Road Exit is both the roller coaster and the scream -- a long, death-defying...

    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, she?s been living in the city of Toronto while slowly falling more and more into...

    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 disappoints. ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from the first few chapters of Sodom Road Exit. Now, it's a tough read - trigger warnings all over this book would be appropriate, and the first chapters had me worried that I was just not in the right headspace for this type of adventure. However, the char...

    Edit: Looking back, I'd be more likely to give this one a 4.5/5 because I did need some editing at parts that lagged on a bit too long. Sodom Road Exit gets 5/5 from me because it absolutely nails the "moments". The big, heartfelt, emotional, hard, funny, fucked up moments. Pulling ...

    I give this five for the second half of the book--a really neat ghost story, with lots of local references. I give it two for the slow moving first half of the book... and for the (for me) unnecessarily graphic sex scenes (and no, it doesn't matter if they're lesbian or hetero--they w...

    In Sodom Road Exit, author Amber Dawn writes speculative fiction that is a ghost story. The main character, Sterla or Star, is a young gay woman who moves back home to her mother's house because she is in debt and needs a place to live for free. They have a difficult relationship, part...

    I loved every page of this book. Stories with an unlikely heroine and a group of societal outcasts and misfits are easily my favourite kinds of stories and Amber Dawn has written a miraculous one. Crystal Beach in the 1970s was the very epitome of adventure for me, a small girl...

    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 been a fan of Amber Dawn's since I read Sub Rosa, a book of speculative fiction abou...

    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 everything I needed. Although Starla?s suffering is not my own, how it viscerally affe...

    I have lost sleep because of this book. I did not realize it was a ghost story, though I should have guessed it would contain magical realism, based on Dawn's first novel, Sub Rosa, which I absolutely loved. And what a ghost story this is, Etta is very creepy. I don't normally read thi...

    I really enjoyed reading this! Dawn uses a ghost/possession as a vehicle for experiencing/processing/mirroring trauma in a really satisfying way. The characters are all wonderful, the community that forms around the main character is wonderful, and diverse experiences of abuse, trauma,...

    I am probably not the usual audience for this book, and yet I enjoyed it. I found the characters interesting and generally believable, although the lesbian ghost sometimes felt less believable even by ghost standards. I also liked the setting of Crystal Beach, which I once visited on a...

    "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, profanity and violence, the story is optimistic. Love is redemptive, Family is where you f...

    This book is like walking into a haunted house in the best possible way. It?s about destroying yourself and not destroying yourself and all the ways the world can destroy you and make it look self-inflicted. But it?s also about big, big love, and resilience, and hope, and putting a...

    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 complexity. All of that plus the paranormal element made it hard to put down. I highly recommen...

    This book is a dreamy queer horror story and is a perfect summer read. what I feel that that will stick is in the sense of community in both the big and small ways. It was such a .wierd and complex and wonderful read. There's a lot of ableist language in it but overall feels like a com...

    I met the author at a local literary festival and was inspired to read this book, with a setting just down the road from me in southern Ontario, just after the Crystal Beach amusement park closed in 1990. I won't try to summarize the plot but it involves ghosts and angels and lesbians ...

    A cool story about the way trauma and pain haunts us and our loved ones, and how hard it can be to love people and have meaningful relationships with the people around us. It didn't wow me in the way of hoped, based on how wowed I was by her memoir. There were moments of the story that...

    Starla's voice here is clear and startling. This novel is many things, but ultimately it is about self-care and learning when to draw the line at abuse. Usually there are many reasons why abuse is allowed to continue, and we swallow these reasons and allow them to grow. Calling this a ...

  • Abigail
    Jan 11, 2019

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

    Gay girls. Ghosts. Small-town. 90s. Sexy. Trauma. Community building. The best media representation of someone like my mother I've ever read. I could not put it down! I'm glad it was not a short book so I could keep reading! <3 Many content/trigger warnings just to be aware of. ...

    i maybe can?t name all the reasons this novel was wow but here are a few: 1. lesbian ghost possessing a lesbian 2. in fact sorta a fucked up all lesbian polyam vee situation 3. survivor-centred real-ass inclusion of adult relationships & dating after csa 4. meet-cute doing ...

    ?Some claim to see her right away, others denounce her as a trick of light and shadow? Canadian author Amber Dawn is a filmmaker, and performance artist, and of course poet and author ? her novel SUB ROSA was winner of the Lambda Award and the memoir HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE w...

    Yeah, this was extremely great. All the people should read this. ...

    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 again, Sodom Road Exit is both the roller coaster and the scream -- a long, death-defying...

    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, she?s been living in the city of Toronto while slowly falling more and more into...

    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 disappoints. ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from the first few chapters of Sodom Road Exit. Now, it's a tough read - trigger warnings all over this book would be appropriate, and the first chapters had me worried that I was just not in the right headspace for this type of adventure. However, the char...

    Edit: Looking back, I'd be more likely to give this one a 4.5/5 because I did need some editing at parts that lagged on a bit too long. Sodom Road Exit gets 5/5 from me because it absolutely nails the "moments". The big, heartfelt, emotional, hard, funny, fucked up moments. Pulling ...

    I give this five for the second half of the book--a really neat ghost story, with lots of local references. I give it two for the slow moving first half of the book... and for the (for me) unnecessarily graphic sex scenes (and no, it doesn't matter if they're lesbian or hetero--they w...

    In Sodom Road Exit, author Amber Dawn writes speculative fiction that is a ghost story. The main character, Sterla or Star, is a young gay woman who moves back home to her mother's house because she is in debt and needs a place to live for free. They have a difficult relationship, part...

    I loved every page of this book. Stories with an unlikely heroine and a group of societal outcasts and misfits are easily my favourite kinds of stories and Amber Dawn has written a miraculous one. Crystal Beach in the 1970s was the very epitome of adventure for me, a small girl...

    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 been a fan of Amber Dawn's since I read Sub Rosa, a book of speculative fiction abou...

    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 everything I needed. Although Starla?s suffering is not my own, how it viscerally affe...

    I have lost sleep because of this book. I did not realize it was a ghost story, though I should have guessed it would contain magical realism, based on Dawn's first novel, Sub Rosa, which I absolutely loved. And what a ghost story this is, Etta is very creepy. I don't normally read thi...

    I really enjoyed reading this! Dawn uses a ghost/possession as a vehicle for experiencing/processing/mirroring trauma in a really satisfying way. The characters are all wonderful, the community that forms around the main character is wonderful, and diverse experiences of abuse, trauma,...

  • litost
    Jun 24, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

    Gay girls. Ghosts. Small-town. 90s. Sexy. Trauma. Community building. The best media representation of someone like my mother I've ever read. I could not put it down! I'm glad it was not a short book so I could keep reading! <3 Many content/trigger warnings just to be aware of. ...

    i maybe can?t name all the reasons this novel was wow but here are a few: 1. lesbian ghost possessing a lesbian 2. in fact sorta a fucked up all lesbian polyam vee situation 3. survivor-centred real-ass inclusion of adult relationships & dating after csa 4. meet-cute doing ...

    ?Some claim to see her right away, others denounce her as a trick of light and shadow? Canadian author Amber Dawn is a filmmaker, and performance artist, and of course poet and author ? her novel SUB ROSA was winner of the Lambda Award and the memoir HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE w...

    Yeah, this was extremely great. All the people should read this. ...

    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 again, Sodom Road Exit is both the roller coaster and the scream -- a long, death-defying...

    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, she?s been living in the city of Toronto while slowly falling more and more into...

    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 disappoints. ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from the first few chapters of Sodom Road Exit. Now, it's a tough read - trigger warnings all over this book would be appropriate, and the first chapters had me worried that I was just not in the right headspace for this type of adventure. However, the char...

    Edit: Looking back, I'd be more likely to give this one a 4.5/5 because I did need some editing at parts that lagged on a bit too long. Sodom Road Exit gets 5/5 from me because it absolutely nails the "moments". The big, heartfelt, emotional, hard, funny, fucked up moments. Pulling ...

    I give this five for the second half of the book--a really neat ghost story, with lots of local references. I give it two for the slow moving first half of the book... and for the (for me) unnecessarily graphic sex scenes (and no, it doesn't matter if they're lesbian or hetero--they w...

    In Sodom Road Exit, author Amber Dawn writes speculative fiction that is a ghost story. The main character, Sterla or Star, is a young gay woman who moves back home to her mother's house because she is in debt and needs a place to live for free. They have a difficult relationship, part...

    I loved every page of this book. Stories with an unlikely heroine and a group of societal outcasts and misfits are easily my favourite kinds of stories and Amber Dawn has written a miraculous one. Crystal Beach in the 1970s was the very epitome of adventure for me, a small girl...

    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 been a fan of Amber Dawn's since I read Sub Rosa, a book of speculative fiction abou...

    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 everything I needed. Although Starla?s suffering is not my own, how it viscerally affe...

    I have lost sleep because of this book. I did not realize it was a ghost story, though I should have guessed it would contain magical realism, based on Dawn's first novel, Sub Rosa, which I absolutely loved. And what a ghost story this is, Etta is very creepy. I don't normally read thi...

  • Taz S
    Jul 08, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

    Gay girls. Ghosts. Small-town. 90s. Sexy. Trauma. Community building. The best media representation of someone like my mother I've ever read. I could not put it down! I'm glad it was not a short book so I could keep reading! <3 Many content/trigger warnings just to be aware of. ...

  • Susan
    Sep 18, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

    Gay girls. Ghosts. Small-town. 90s. Sexy. Trauma. Community building. The best media representation of someone like my mother I've ever read. I could not put it down! I'm glad it was not a short book so I could keep reading! <3 Many content/trigger warnings just to be aware of. ...

    i maybe can?t name all the reasons this novel was wow but here are a few: 1. lesbian ghost possessing a lesbian 2. in fact sorta a fucked up all lesbian polyam vee situation 3. survivor-centred real-ass inclusion of adult relationships & dating after csa 4. meet-cute doing ...

    ?Some claim to see her right away, others denounce her as a trick of light and shadow? Canadian author Amber Dawn is a filmmaker, and performance artist, and of course poet and author ? her novel SUB ROSA was winner of the Lambda Award and the memoir HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE w...

    Yeah, this was extremely great. All the people should read this. ...

    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 again, Sodom Road Exit is both the roller coaster and the scream -- a long, death-defying...

    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, she?s been living in the city of Toronto while slowly falling more and more into...

    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 disappoints. ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from the first few chapters of Sodom Road Exit. Now, it's a tough read - trigger warnings all over this book would be appropriate, and the first chapters had me worried that I was just not in the right headspace for this type of adventure. However, the char...

    Edit: Looking back, I'd be more likely to give this one a 4.5/5 because I did need some editing at parts that lagged on a bit too long. Sodom Road Exit gets 5/5 from me because it absolutely nails the "moments". The big, heartfelt, emotional, hard, funny, fucked up moments. Pulling ...

    I give this five for the second half of the book--a really neat ghost story, with lots of local references. I give it two for the slow moving first half of the book... and for the (for me) unnecessarily graphic sex scenes (and no, it doesn't matter if they're lesbian or hetero--they w...

    In Sodom Road Exit, author Amber Dawn writes speculative fiction that is a ghost story. The main character, Sterla or Star, is a young gay woman who moves back home to her mother's house because she is in debt and needs a place to live for free. They have a difficult relationship, part...

    I loved every page of this book. Stories with an unlikely heroine and a group of societal outcasts and misfits are easily my favourite kinds of stories and Amber Dawn has written a miraculous one. Crystal Beach in the 1970s was the very epitome of adventure for me, a small girl...

    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 been a fan of Amber Dawn's since I read Sub Rosa, a book of speculative fiction abou...

    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 everything I needed. Although Starla?s suffering is not my own, how it viscerally affe...

    I have lost sleep because of this book. I did not realize it was a ghost story, though I should have guessed it would contain magical realism, based on Dawn's first novel, Sub Rosa, which I absolutely loved. And what a ghost story this is, Etta is very creepy. I don't normally read thi...

    I really enjoyed reading this! Dawn uses a ghost/possession as a vehicle for experiencing/processing/mirroring trauma in a really satisfying way. The characters are all wonderful, the community that forms around the main character is wonderful, and diverse experiences of abuse, trauma,...

    I am probably not the usual audience for this book, and yet I enjoyed it. I found the characters interesting and generally believable, although the lesbian ghost sometimes felt less believable even by ghost standards. I also liked the setting of Crystal Beach, which I once visited on a...

  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    Mar 26, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

  • Audrey
    Mar 16, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

  • Michelle
    May 27, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

    Gay girls. Ghosts. Small-town. 90s. Sexy. Trauma. Community building. The best media representation of someone like my mother I've ever read. I could not put it down! I'm glad it was not a short book so I could keep reading! <3 Many content/trigger warnings just to be aware of. ...

    i maybe can?t name all the reasons this novel was wow but here are a few: 1. lesbian ghost possessing a lesbian 2. in fact sorta a fucked up all lesbian polyam vee situation 3. survivor-centred real-ass inclusion of adult relationships & dating after csa 4. meet-cute doing ...

    ?Some claim to see her right away, others denounce her as a trick of light and shadow? Canadian author Amber Dawn is a filmmaker, and performance artist, and of course poet and author ? her novel SUB ROSA was winner of the Lambda Award and the memoir HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE w...

    Yeah, this was extremely great. All the people should read this. ...

  • Dessa
    Jan 11, 2019

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

    Gay girls. Ghosts. Small-town. 90s. Sexy. Trauma. Community building. The best media representation of someone like my mother I've ever read. I could not put it down! I'm glad it was not a short book so I could keep reading! <3 Many content/trigger warnings just to be aware of. ...

    i maybe can?t name all the reasons this novel was wow but here are a few: 1. lesbian ghost possessing a lesbian 2. in fact sorta a fucked up all lesbian polyam vee situation 3. survivor-centred real-ass inclusion of adult relationships & dating after csa 4. meet-cute doing ...

    ?Some claim to see her right away, others denounce her as a trick of light and shadow? Canadian author Amber Dawn is a filmmaker, and performance artist, and of course poet and author ? her novel SUB ROSA was winner of the Lambda Award and the memoir HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE w...

    Yeah, this was extremely great. All the people should read this. ...

    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 again, Sodom Road Exit is both the roller coaster and the scream -- a long, death-defying...

    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, she?s been living in the city of Toronto while slowly falling more and more into...

    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 disappoints. ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from the first few chapters of Sodom Road Exit. Now, it's a tough read - trigger warnings all over this book would be appropriate, and the first chapters had me worried that I was just not in the right headspace for this type of adventure. However, the char...

    Edit: Looking back, I'd be more likely to give this one a 4.5/5 because I did need some editing at parts that lagged on a bit too long. Sodom Road Exit gets 5/5 from me because it absolutely nails the "moments". The big, heartfelt, emotional, hard, funny, fucked up moments. Pulling ...

    I give this five for the second half of the book--a really neat ghost story, with lots of local references. I give it two for the slow moving first half of the book... and for the (for me) unnecessarily graphic sex scenes (and no, it doesn't matter if they're lesbian or hetero--they w...

    In Sodom Road Exit, author Amber Dawn writes speculative fiction that is a ghost story. The main character, Sterla or Star, is a young gay woman who moves back home to her mother's house because she is in debt and needs a place to live for free. They have a difficult relationship, part...

    I loved every page of this book. Stories with an unlikely heroine and a group of societal outcasts and misfits are easily my favourite kinds of stories and Amber Dawn has written a miraculous one. Crystal Beach in the 1970s was the very epitome of adventure for me, a small girl...

    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 been a fan of Amber Dawn's since I read Sub Rosa, a book of speculative fiction abou...

    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 everything I needed. Although Starla?s suffering is not my own, how it viscerally affe...

    I have lost sleep because of this book. I did not realize it was a ghost story, though I should have guessed it would contain magical realism, based on Dawn's first novel, Sub Rosa, which I absolutely loved. And what a ghost story this is, Etta is very creepy. I don't normally read thi...

    I really enjoyed reading this! Dawn uses a ghost/possession as a vehicle for experiencing/processing/mirroring trauma in a really satisfying way. The characters are all wonderful, the community that forms around the main character is wonderful, and diverse experiences of abuse, trauma,...

    I am probably not the usual audience for this book, and yet I enjoyed it. I found the characters interesting and generally believable, although the lesbian ghost sometimes felt less believable even by ghost standards. I also liked the setting of Crystal Beach, which I once visited on a...

    "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, profanity and violence, the story is optimistic. Love is redemptive, Family is where you f...

    This book is like walking into a haunted house in the best possible way. It?s about destroying yourself and not destroying yourself and all the ways the world can destroy you and make it look self-inflicted. But it?s also about big, big love, and resilience, and hope, and putting a...

  • Amy Roebuck
    Sep 24, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

    Gay girls. Ghosts. Small-town. 90s. Sexy. Trauma. Community building. The best media representation of someone like my mother I've ever read. I could not put it down! I'm glad it was not a short book so I could keep reading! <3 Many content/trigger warnings just to be aware of. ...

    i maybe can?t name all the reasons this novel was wow but here are a few: 1. lesbian ghost possessing a lesbian 2. in fact sorta a fucked up all lesbian polyam vee situation 3. survivor-centred real-ass inclusion of adult relationships & dating after csa 4. meet-cute doing ...

    ?Some claim to see her right away, others denounce her as a trick of light and shadow? Canadian author Amber Dawn is a filmmaker, and performance artist, and of course poet and author ? her novel SUB ROSA was winner of the Lambda Award and the memoir HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE w...

    Yeah, this was extremely great. All the people should read this. ...

    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 again, Sodom Road Exit is both the roller coaster and the scream -- a long, death-defying...

    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, she?s been living in the city of Toronto while slowly falling more and more into...

    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 disappoints. ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from the first few chapters of Sodom Road Exit. Now, it's a tough read - trigger warnings all over this book would be appropriate, and the first chapters had me worried that I was just not in the right headspace for this type of adventure. However, the char...

    Edit: Looking back, I'd be more likely to give this one a 4.5/5 because I did need some editing at parts that lagged on a bit too long. Sodom Road Exit gets 5/5 from me because it absolutely nails the "moments". The big, heartfelt, emotional, hard, funny, fucked up moments. Pulling ...

    I give this five for the second half of the book--a really neat ghost story, with lots of local references. I give it two for the slow moving first half of the book... and for the (for me) unnecessarily graphic sex scenes (and no, it doesn't matter if they're lesbian or hetero--they w...

  • Amy
    Jan 18, 2019

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

    Gay girls. Ghosts. Small-town. 90s. Sexy. Trauma. Community building. The best media representation of someone like my mother I've ever read. I could not put it down! I'm glad it was not a short book so I could keep reading! <3 Many content/trigger warnings just to be aware of. ...

    i maybe can?t name all the reasons this novel was wow but here are a few: 1. lesbian ghost possessing a lesbian 2. in fact sorta a fucked up all lesbian polyam vee situation 3. survivor-centred real-ass inclusion of adult relationships & dating after csa 4. meet-cute doing ...

    ?Some claim to see her right away, others denounce her as a trick of light and shadow? Canadian author Amber Dawn is a filmmaker, and performance artist, and of course poet and author ? her novel SUB ROSA was winner of the Lambda Award and the memoir HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE w...

    Yeah, this was extremely great. All the people should read this. ...

    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 again, Sodom Road Exit is both the roller coaster and the scream -- a long, death-defying...

    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, she?s been living in the city of Toronto while slowly falling more and more into...

    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 disappoints. ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from the first few chapters of Sodom Road Exit. Now, it's a tough read - trigger warnings all over this book would be appropriate, and the first chapters had me worried that I was just not in the right headspace for this type of adventure. However, the char...

    Edit: Looking back, I'd be more likely to give this one a 4.5/5 because I did need some editing at parts that lagged on a bit too long. Sodom Road Exit gets 5/5 from me because it absolutely nails the "moments". The big, heartfelt, emotional, hard, funny, fucked up moments. Pulling ...

    I give this five for the second half of the book--a really neat ghost story, with lots of local references. I give it two for the slow moving first half of the book... and for the (for me) unnecessarily graphic sex scenes (and no, it doesn't matter if they're lesbian or hetero--they w...

    In Sodom Road Exit, author Amber Dawn writes speculative fiction that is a ghost story. The main character, Sterla or Star, is a young gay woman who moves back home to her mother's house because she is in debt and needs a place to live for free. They have a difficult relationship, part...

    I loved every page of this book. Stories with an unlikely heroine and a group of societal outcasts and misfits are easily my favourite kinds of stories and Amber Dawn has written a miraculous one. Crystal Beach in the 1970s was the very epitome of adventure for me, a small girl...

    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 been a fan of Amber Dawn's since I read Sub Rosa, a book of speculative fiction abou...

    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 everything I needed. Although Starla?s suffering is not my own, how it viscerally affe...

    I have lost sleep because of this book. I did not realize it was a ghost story, though I should have guessed it would contain magical realism, based on Dawn's first novel, Sub Rosa, which I absolutely loved. And what a ghost story this is, Etta is very creepy. I don't normally read thi...

    I really enjoyed reading this! Dawn uses a ghost/possession as a vehicle for experiencing/processing/mirroring trauma in a really satisfying way. The characters are all wonderful, the community that forms around the main character is wonderful, and diverse experiences of abuse, trauma,...

    I am probably not the usual audience for this book, and yet I enjoyed it. I found the characters interesting and generally believable, although the lesbian ghost sometimes felt less believable even by ghost standards. I also liked the setting of Crystal Beach, which I once visited on a...

    "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, profanity and violence, the story is optimistic. Love is redemptive, Family is where you f...

    This book is like walking into a haunted house in the best possible way. It?s about destroying yourself and not destroying yourself and all the ways the world can destroy you and make it look self-inflicted. But it?s also about big, big love, and resilience, and hope, and putting a...

    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 complexity. All of that plus the paranormal element made it hard to put down. I highly recommen...

    This book is a dreamy queer horror story and is a perfect summer read. what I feel that that will stick is in the sense of community in both the big and small ways. It was such a .wierd and complex and wonderful read. There's a lot of ableist language in it but overall feels like a com...

    I met the author at a local literary festival and was inspired to read this book, with a setting just down the road from me in southern Ontario, just after the Crystal Beach amusement park closed in 1990. I won't try to summarize the plot but it involves ghosts and angels and lesbians ...

    A cool story about the way trauma and pain haunts us and our loved ones, and how hard it can be to love people and have meaningful relationships with the people around us. It didn't wow me in the way of hoped, based on how wowed I was by her memoir. There were moments of the story that...

  • Lea Taranto
    May 13, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

    Gay girls. Ghosts. Small-town. 90s. Sexy. Trauma. Community building. The best media representation of someone like my mother I've ever read. I could not put it down! I'm glad it was not a short book so I could keep reading! <3 Many content/trigger warnings just to be aware of. ...

    i maybe can?t name all the reasons this novel was wow but here are a few: 1. lesbian ghost possessing a lesbian 2. in fact sorta a fucked up all lesbian polyam vee situation 3. survivor-centred real-ass inclusion of adult relationships & dating after csa 4. meet-cute doing ...

    ?Some claim to see her right away, others denounce her as a trick of light and shadow? Canadian author Amber Dawn is a filmmaker, and performance artist, and of course poet and author ? her novel SUB ROSA was winner of the Lambda Award and the memoir HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE w...

    Yeah, this was extremely great. All the people should read this. ...

    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 again, Sodom Road Exit is both the roller coaster and the scream -- a long, death-defying...

    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, she?s been living in the city of Toronto while slowly falling more and more into...

    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 disappoints. ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from the first few chapters of Sodom Road Exit. Now, it's a tough read - trigger warnings all over this book would be appropriate, and the first chapters had me worried that I was just not in the right headspace for this type of adventure. However, the char...

    Edit: Looking back, I'd be more likely to give this one a 4.5/5 because I did need some editing at parts that lagged on a bit too long. Sodom Road Exit gets 5/5 from me because it absolutely nails the "moments". The big, heartfelt, emotional, hard, funny, fucked up moments. Pulling ...

    I give this five for the second half of the book--a really neat ghost story, with lots of local references. I give it two for the slow moving first half of the book... and for the (for me) unnecessarily graphic sex scenes (and no, it doesn't matter if they're lesbian or hetero--they w...

    In Sodom Road Exit, author Amber Dawn writes speculative fiction that is a ghost story. The main character, Sterla or Star, is a young gay woman who moves back home to her mother's house because she is in debt and needs a place to live for free. They have a difficult relationship, part...

    I loved every page of this book. Stories with an unlikely heroine and a group of societal outcasts and misfits are easily my favourite kinds of stories and Amber Dawn has written a miraculous one. Crystal Beach in the 1970s was the very epitome of adventure for me, a small girl...

    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 been a fan of Amber Dawn's since I read Sub Rosa, a book of speculative fiction abou...

    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 everything I needed. Although Starla?s suffering is not my own, how it viscerally affe...

  • Hannah
    Jun 03, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

    Gay girls. Ghosts. Small-town. 90s. Sexy. Trauma. Community building. The best media representation of someone like my mother I've ever read. I could not put it down! I'm glad it was not a short book so I could keep reading! <3 Many content/trigger warnings just to be aware of. ...

    i maybe can?t name all the reasons this novel was wow but here are a few: 1. lesbian ghost possessing a lesbian 2. in fact sorta a fucked up all lesbian polyam vee situation 3. survivor-centred real-ass inclusion of adult relationships & dating after csa 4. meet-cute doing ...

  • Sassafras Lowrey
    Mar 15, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

  • Benjamin Appleby-Dean
    Aug 29, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

  • Jane Mulkewich
    Jul 27, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

    Gay girls. Ghosts. Small-town. 90s. Sexy. Trauma. Community building. The best media representation of someone like my mother I've ever read. I could not put it down! I'm glad it was not a short book so I could keep reading! <3 Many content/trigger warnings just to be aware of. ...

    i maybe can?t name all the reasons this novel was wow but here are a few: 1. lesbian ghost possessing a lesbian 2. in fact sorta a fucked up all lesbian polyam vee situation 3. survivor-centred real-ass inclusion of adult relationships & dating after csa 4. meet-cute doing ...

    ?Some claim to see her right away, others denounce her as a trick of light and shadow? Canadian author Amber Dawn is a filmmaker, and performance artist, and of course poet and author ? her novel SUB ROSA was winner of the Lambda Award and the memoir HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE w...

    Yeah, this was extremely great. All the people should read this. ...

    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 again, Sodom Road Exit is both the roller coaster and the scream -- a long, death-defying...

    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, she?s been living in the city of Toronto while slowly falling more and more into...

    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 disappoints. ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from the first few chapters of Sodom Road Exit. Now, it's a tough read - trigger warnings all over this book would be appropriate, and the first chapters had me worried that I was just not in the right headspace for this type of adventure. However, the char...

    Edit: Looking back, I'd be more likely to give this one a 4.5/5 because I did need some editing at parts that lagged on a bit too long. Sodom Road Exit gets 5/5 from me because it absolutely nails the "moments". The big, heartfelt, emotional, hard, funny, fucked up moments. Pulling ...

    I give this five for the second half of the book--a really neat ghost story, with lots of local references. I give it two for the slow moving first half of the book... and for the (for me) unnecessarily graphic sex scenes (and no, it doesn't matter if they're lesbian or hetero--they w...

    In Sodom Road Exit, author Amber Dawn writes speculative fiction that is a ghost story. The main character, Sterla or Star, is a young gay woman who moves back home to her mother's house because she is in debt and needs a place to live for free. They have a difficult relationship, part...

    I loved every page of this book. Stories with an unlikely heroine and a group of societal outcasts and misfits are easily my favourite kinds of stories and Amber Dawn has written a miraculous one. Crystal Beach in the 1970s was the very epitome of adventure for me, a small girl...

    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 been a fan of Amber Dawn's since I read Sub Rosa, a book of speculative fiction abou...

    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 everything I needed. Although Starla?s suffering is not my own, how it viscerally affe...

    I have lost sleep because of this book. I did not realize it was a ghost story, though I should have guessed it would contain magical realism, based on Dawn's first novel, Sub Rosa, which I absolutely loved. And what a ghost story this is, Etta is very creepy. I don't normally read thi...

    I really enjoyed reading this! Dawn uses a ghost/possession as a vehicle for experiencing/processing/mirroring trauma in a really satisfying way. The characters are all wonderful, the community that forms around the main character is wonderful, and diverse experiences of abuse, trauma,...

    I am probably not the usual audience for this book, and yet I enjoyed it. I found the characters interesting and generally believable, although the lesbian ghost sometimes felt less believable even by ghost standards. I also liked the setting of Crystal Beach, which I once visited on a...

    "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, profanity and violence, the story is optimistic. Love is redemptive, Family is where you f...

    This book is like walking into a haunted house in the best possible way. It?s about destroying yourself and not destroying yourself and all the ways the world can destroy you and make it look self-inflicted. But it?s also about big, big love, and resilience, and hope, and putting a...

    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 complexity. All of that plus the paranormal element made it hard to put down. I highly recommen...

    This book is a dreamy queer horror story and is a perfect summer read. what I feel that that will stick is in the sense of community in both the big and small ways. It was such a .wierd and complex and wonderful read. There's a lot of ableist language in it but overall feels like a com...

    I met the author at a local literary festival and was inspired to read this book, with a setting just down the road from me in southern Ontario, just after the Crystal Beach amusement park closed in 1990. I won't try to summarize the plot but it involves ghosts and angels and lesbians ...

  • Marilyn
    May 06, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

    Gay girls. Ghosts. Small-town. 90s. Sexy. Trauma. Community building. The best media representation of someone like my mother I've ever read. I could not put it down! I'm glad it was not a short book so I could keep reading! <3 Many content/trigger warnings just to be aware of. ...

    i maybe can?t name all the reasons this novel was wow but here are a few: 1. lesbian ghost possessing a lesbian 2. in fact sorta a fucked up all lesbian polyam vee situation 3. survivor-centred real-ass inclusion of adult relationships & dating after csa 4. meet-cute doing ...

    ?Some claim to see her right away, others denounce her as a trick of light and shadow? Canadian author Amber Dawn is a filmmaker, and performance artist, and of course poet and author ? her novel SUB ROSA was winner of the Lambda Award and the memoir HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE w...

    Yeah, this was extremely great. All the people should read this. ...

    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 again, Sodom Road Exit is both the roller coaster and the scream -- a long, death-defying...

    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, she?s been living in the city of Toronto while slowly falling more and more into...

    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 disappoints. ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from the first few chapters of Sodom Road Exit. Now, it's a tough read - trigger warnings all over this book would be appropriate, and the first chapters had me worried that I was just not in the right headspace for this type of adventure. However, the char...

    Edit: Looking back, I'd be more likely to give this one a 4.5/5 because I did need some editing at parts that lagged on a bit too long. Sodom Road Exit gets 5/5 from me because it absolutely nails the "moments". The big, heartfelt, emotional, hard, funny, fucked up moments. Pulling ...

    I give this five for the second half of the book--a really neat ghost story, with lots of local references. I give it two for the slow moving first half of the book... and for the (for me) unnecessarily graphic sex scenes (and no, it doesn't matter if they're lesbian or hetero--they w...

    In Sodom Road Exit, author Amber Dawn writes speculative fiction that is a ghost story. The main character, Sterla or Star, is a young gay woman who moves back home to her mother's house because she is in debt and needs a place to live for free. They have a difficult relationship, part...

    I loved every page of this book. Stories with an unlikely heroine and a group of societal outcasts and misfits are easily my favourite kinds of stories and Amber Dawn has written a miraculous one. Crystal Beach in the 1970s was the very epitome of adventure for me, a small girl...

    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 been a fan of Amber Dawn's since I read Sub Rosa, a book of speculative fiction abou...

    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 everything I needed. Although Starla?s suffering is not my own, how it viscerally affe...

    I have lost sleep because of this book. I did not realize it was a ghost story, though I should have guessed it would contain magical realism, based on Dawn's first novel, Sub Rosa, which I absolutely loved. And what a ghost story this is, Etta is very creepy. I don't normally read thi...

    I really enjoyed reading this! Dawn uses a ghost/possession as a vehicle for experiencing/processing/mirroring trauma in a really satisfying way. The characters are all wonderful, the community that forms around the main character is wonderful, and diverse experiences of abuse, trauma,...

    I am probably not the usual audience for this book, and yet I enjoyed it. I found the characters interesting and generally believable, although the lesbian ghost sometimes felt less believable even by ghost standards. I also liked the setting of Crystal Beach, which I once visited on a...

    "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, profanity and violence, the story is optimistic. Love is redemptive, Family is where you f...

  • Tara Borin
    Mar 11, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

    Gay girls. Ghosts. Small-town. 90s. Sexy. Trauma. Community building. The best media representation of someone like my mother I've ever read. I could not put it down! I'm glad it was not a short book so I could keep reading! <3 Many content/trigger warnings just to be aware of. ...

    i maybe can?t name all the reasons this novel was wow but here are a few: 1. lesbian ghost possessing a lesbian 2. in fact sorta a fucked up all lesbian polyam vee situation 3. survivor-centred real-ass inclusion of adult relationships & dating after csa 4. meet-cute doing ...

    ?Some claim to see her right away, others denounce her as a trick of light and shadow? Canadian author Amber Dawn is a filmmaker, and performance artist, and of course poet and author ? her novel SUB ROSA was winner of the Lambda Award and the memoir HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE w...

    Yeah, this was extremely great. All the people should read this. ...

    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 again, Sodom Road Exit is both the roller coaster and the scream -- a long, death-defying...

    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, she?s been living in the city of Toronto while slowly falling more and more into...

    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 disappoints. ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from the first few chapters of Sodom Road Exit. Now, it's a tough read - trigger warnings all over this book would be appropriate, and the first chapters had me worried that I was just not in the right headspace for this type of adventure. However, the char...

    Edit: Looking back, I'd be more likely to give this one a 4.5/5 because I did need some editing at parts that lagged on a bit too long. Sodom Road Exit gets 5/5 from me because it absolutely nails the "moments". The big, heartfelt, emotional, hard, funny, fucked up moments. Pulling ...

    I give this five for the second half of the book--a really neat ghost story, with lots of local references. I give it two for the slow moving first half of the book... and for the (for me) unnecessarily graphic sex scenes (and no, it doesn't matter if they're lesbian or hetero--they w...

    In Sodom Road Exit, author Amber Dawn writes speculative fiction that is a ghost story. The main character, Sterla or Star, is a young gay woman who moves back home to her mother's house because she is in debt and needs a place to live for free. They have a difficult relationship, part...

    I loved every page of this book. Stories with an unlikely heroine and a group of societal outcasts and misfits are easily my favourite kinds of stories and Amber Dawn has written a miraculous one. Crystal Beach in the 1970s was the very epitome of adventure for me, a small girl...

    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 been a fan of Amber Dawn's since I read Sub Rosa, a book of speculative fiction abou...

    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 everything I needed. Although Starla?s suffering is not my own, how it viscerally affe...

    I have lost sleep because of this book. I did not realize it was a ghost story, though I should have guessed it would contain magical realism, based on Dawn's first novel, Sub Rosa, which I absolutely loved. And what a ghost story this is, Etta is very creepy. I don't normally read thi...

    I really enjoyed reading this! Dawn uses a ghost/possession as a vehicle for experiencing/processing/mirroring trauma in a really satisfying way. The characters are all wonderful, the community that forms around the main character is wonderful, and diverse experiences of abuse, trauma,...

    I am probably not the usual audience for this book, and yet I enjoyed it. I found the characters interesting and generally believable, although the lesbian ghost sometimes felt less believable even by ghost standards. I also liked the setting of Crystal Beach, which I once visited on a...

    "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, profanity and violence, the story is optimistic. Love is redemptive, Family is where you f...

    This book is like walking into a haunted house in the best possible way. It?s about destroying yourself and not destroying yourself and all the ways the world can destroy you and make it look self-inflicted. But it?s also about big, big love, and resilience, and hope, and putting a...

    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 complexity. All of that plus the paranormal element made it hard to put down. I highly recommen...

  • Oakley Kiss
    Jul 04, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

    Gay girls. Ghosts. Small-town. 90s. Sexy. Trauma. Community building. The best media representation of someone like my mother I've ever read. I could not put it down! I'm glad it was not a short book so I could keep reading! <3 Many content/trigger warnings just to be aware of. ...

    i maybe can?t name all the reasons this novel was wow but here are a few: 1. lesbian ghost possessing a lesbian 2. in fact sorta a fucked up all lesbian polyam vee situation 3. survivor-centred real-ass inclusion of adult relationships & dating after csa 4. meet-cute doing ...

    ?Some claim to see her right away, others denounce her as a trick of light and shadow? Canadian author Amber Dawn is a filmmaker, and performance artist, and of course poet and author ? her novel SUB ROSA was winner of the Lambda Award and the memoir HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE w...

    Yeah, this was extremely great. All the people should read this. ...

    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 again, Sodom Road Exit is both the roller coaster and the scream -- a long, death-defying...

    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, she?s been living in the city of Toronto while slowly falling more and more into...

    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 disappoints. ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from the first few chapters of Sodom Road Exit. Now, it's a tough read - trigger warnings all over this book would be appropriate, and the first chapters had me worried that I was just not in the right headspace for this type of adventure. However, the char...

    Edit: Looking back, I'd be more likely to give this one a 4.5/5 because I did need some editing at parts that lagged on a bit too long. Sodom Road Exit gets 5/5 from me because it absolutely nails the "moments". The big, heartfelt, emotional, hard, funny, fucked up moments. Pulling ...

    I give this five for the second half of the book--a really neat ghost story, with lots of local references. I give it two for the slow moving first half of the book... and for the (for me) unnecessarily graphic sex scenes (and no, it doesn't matter if they're lesbian or hetero--they w...

    In Sodom Road Exit, author Amber Dawn writes speculative fiction that is a ghost story. The main character, Sterla or Star, is a young gay woman who moves back home to her mother's house because she is in debt and needs a place to live for free. They have a difficult relationship, part...

    I loved every page of this book. Stories with an unlikely heroine and a group of societal outcasts and misfits are easily my favourite kinds of stories and Amber Dawn has written a miraculous one. Crystal Beach in the 1970s was the very epitome of adventure for me, a small girl...

    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 been a fan of Amber Dawn's since I read Sub Rosa, a book of speculative fiction abou...

    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 everything I needed. Although Starla?s suffering is not my own, how it viscerally affe...

    I have lost sleep because of this book. I did not realize it was a ghost story, though I should have guessed it would contain magical realism, based on Dawn's first novel, Sub Rosa, which I absolutely loved. And what a ghost story this is, Etta is very creepy. I don't normally read thi...

    I really enjoyed reading this! Dawn uses a ghost/possession as a vehicle for experiencing/processing/mirroring trauma in a really satisfying way. The characters are all wonderful, the community that forms around the main character is wonderful, and diverse experiences of abuse, trauma,...

    I am probably not the usual audience for this book, and yet I enjoyed it. I found the characters interesting and generally believable, although the lesbian ghost sometimes felt less believable even by ghost standards. I also liked the setting of Crystal Beach, which I once visited on a...

    "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, profanity and violence, the story is optimistic. Love is redemptive, Family is where you f...

    This book is like walking into a haunted house in the best possible way. It?s about destroying yourself and not destroying yourself and all the ways the world can destroy you and make it look self-inflicted. But it?s also about big, big love, and resilience, and hope, and putting a...

    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 complexity. All of that plus the paranormal element made it hard to put down. I highly recommen...

    This book is a dreamy queer horror story and is a perfect summer read. what I feel that that will stick is in the sense of community in both the big and small ways. It was such a .wierd and complex and wonderful read. There's a lot of ableist language in it but overall feels like a com...

  • Kate Phillips
    May 27, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

    Gay girls. Ghosts. Small-town. 90s. Sexy. Trauma. Community building. The best media representation of someone like my mother I've ever read. I could not put it down! I'm glad it was not a short book so I could keep reading! <3 Many content/trigger warnings just to be aware of. ...

    i maybe can?t name all the reasons this novel was wow but here are a few: 1. lesbian ghost possessing a lesbian 2. in fact sorta a fucked up all lesbian polyam vee situation 3. survivor-centred real-ass inclusion of adult relationships & dating after csa 4. meet-cute doing ...

    ?Some claim to see her right away, others denounce her as a trick of light and shadow? Canadian author Amber Dawn is a filmmaker, and performance artist, and of course poet and author ? her novel SUB ROSA was winner of the Lambda Award and the memoir HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE w...

    Yeah, this was extremely great. All the people should read this. ...

    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 again, Sodom Road Exit is both the roller coaster and the scream -- a long, death-defying...

    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, she?s been living in the city of Toronto while slowly falling more and more into...

    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 disappoints. ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from the first few chapters of Sodom Road Exit. Now, it's a tough read - trigger warnings all over this book would be appropriate, and the first chapters had me worried that I was just not in the right headspace for this type of adventure. However, the char...

  • Kat Rogue
    Jun 08, 2018

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...

    This book is an intense read, but I really liked it. In other words, the subject matter in this book will inevitably be difficult for some readers, especially those I assume are the target audience. There's a lot of domestic drama, including such heady topics as parental neglect, sexua...

    Gay girls. Ghosts. Small-town. 90s. Sexy. Trauma. Community building. The best media representation of someone like my mother I've ever read. I could not put it down! I'm glad it was not a short book so I could keep reading! <3 Many content/trigger warnings just to be aware of. ...

    i maybe can?t name all the reasons this novel was wow but here are a few: 1. lesbian ghost possessing a lesbian 2. in fact sorta a fucked up all lesbian polyam vee situation 3. survivor-centred real-ass inclusion of adult relationships & dating after csa 4. meet-cute doing ...

    ?Some claim to see her right away, others denounce her as a trick of light and shadow? Canadian author Amber Dawn is a filmmaker, and performance artist, and of course poet and author ? her novel SUB ROSA was winner of the Lambda Award and the memoir HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE w...

    Yeah, this was extremely great. All the people should read this. ...

    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 again, Sodom Road Exit is both the roller coaster and the scream -- a long, death-defying...

    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, she?s been living in the city of Toronto while slowly falling more and more into...

    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 disappoints. ...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from the first few chapters of Sodom Road Exit. Now, it's a tough read - trigger warnings all over this book would be appropriate, and the first chapters had me worried that I was just not in the right headspace for this type of adventure. However, the char...

    Edit: Looking back, I'd be more likely to give this one a 4.5/5 because I did need some editing at parts that lagged on a bit too long. Sodom Road Exit gets 5/5 from me because it absolutely nails the "moments". The big, heartfelt, emotional, hard, funny, fucked up moments. Pulling ...

  • Call Me [Brackets]
    Feb 24, 2019

    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 review on my blog here! ...

    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. ...

    Messy, moving and irreverant, Sodom Road Exit chronicles the life of Starla, a college dropout and abuse survivor, in 1990s Ontario as she returns to her beachside home town to encounter an awkward reunion with her mother, a graveyard-shift job overseeing a campsite community of alchol...

    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 haunting in the best ways. after all who doesn't love the romance of old amusement parks an...

    I could not put Sodom Road Exit down: I took it to my kitchen, read it in the bath, and stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to learn what would happen next. I was drawn in by both the horror narrative, as well as the personal, real struggles of the characters in the novel. Amb...