Lisa M. Bradley is a Tejana who grew up in deep South Texas, before the construction of the Border Wall. Not coincidentally, she writes about boundaries and those who defy them in works ranging from haiku to novels. Her work regularly appears in journals and anthologies. Her first collection is The Haunted Girl. In articles and conference presentations, she honors the often-overlooked speculative elements in work by Latina poets, including Gabriela Mistral, Sara Estela Ramirez, and Alfonsina Storni.
"Exile is a thrilling adventure that snags the reader on
and never lets up. Bradley offers sharp examinations of how our
society forces marginalized people further into the margins, and
the community and complex relationships within Exile are as gripping as the action sequences. Heidi is a fascinating narrator whose
flaws and strengths are equally compelling. I've never read anything quite like this, and I loved every moment of it!"
--Julia Rios, editor, Fireside Magazine
"Brutal and sensual in equal measure, Lisa M. Bradley's debut
novel Exile offers a tightly paced near-future speculative story
that had me on the edge of my seat. With elements of horror,
the post-apocalyptic, and science fiction, this novel set twenty
years after a chemical disaster shows street warfare with visceral
intensity. Heidi tries to get away from her quarantined town and
her abusive family, while everyone hides grim secrets. The living,
breathing characters and snappy dialog make the intense violence
feel eerily plausible, and the plot doesn't let up until the final twist
of the knife. Can I get a sequel?"
--Bogi Takacs, Lambda award winner, Hugo and Locus award finalist
--Sabrina Vourvoulias, author of Ink
A hard-bitten and fast-paced dystopian adventure that will keep
readers up all night, twitching and watching the skies."
--Meg Elison, Philip K. Dick Award winner