On the Savage Side (Paperback)
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Published: 25/01/2024
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A moving, haunting tale of sisterly love and creeping evil from the author of the acclaimed Betty, this evocative page-turner based on true events finds two women questioning the games of their past as female corpses begin to appear in their rural Ohio town.

'No heart is safe on the savage side.'

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

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

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

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781399606097
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Eye-opening, chilling and yet compassionate, On the Savage Side is a disturbing and insightful re-imagining of a true-life crime story. - Dan Chaon, author of ILL WILL

A brilliant and beautifully written book about a stark and terrible world, On the Savage Side brings a sense of humanity to the ravages of addiction. This book is as important as it is timely. - Garth Stein, author of THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN

Inspired by a true crime story, Tiffany McDaniel has written a novel of the highest literary merits, a book about the bonds of family, community, and the consequences of those bonds failing us. It is a story that speaks to America's current moral disorientation, and then transcends it. - Elliot Ackerman, author of DARK AT THE CROSSING

Tiffany McDaniel's characters will break a reader's heart with their longing and vulnerable loves. "A trio of women who could have been queens in a different parade," they tell stories of an America that deserves a closer look, from a writer who delineates their lives with tenderness. - Susan Straight, author of HIGHWIRE MOON

In On the Savage Side, Tiffany McDaniel paints a portrait of addiction that is honest and unapologetically brutal, yet her twin protagonists are never defined solely by their struggles. Instead they are artists and swimmers, archeologists and poets, searching for the smallest glints of hope in a world where their love for each other is the only constant. Dedicated to the memory of six women who disappeared or were killed in Chillicothe, Ohio, the novel asks pressing questions about why society deems some injustices tragic and others merely inconvenient. If only all women whose suffering has been ignored could have an artist as gifted as McDaniel to give their eulogy. - Anjali Sachdeva, author of ALL THE NAMES THEY USED FOR GOD

Tiffany McDaniel spins an elaborate, glittering web of brutality and childlike innocence. On the Savage Side lays bare the cruel devolution of addiction, and the way it clings to a family, dragging them into poverty and desperate acts. This book will leave you breathless, heartbroken, and agape at how beauty persists in the midst of tragedy. - Bryn Greenwood, author of ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS

Striking, ethereal and transcendent - New York Times

Unapologetically beautiful . . . McDaniel combines unflinching realism with otherworldly fairy-tale lyricism to powerfully redemptive effect in this slow-burning reckoning with America's exploding drugs nightmare - Daily Mail

An evocative and deeply moving story - Irish Times

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“A compelling read..”

Tiffany McDaniel bases her new novel on the unsolved murders of six women on Chilicotte, Ohio. She uses her imagination to great effect to draw her characters and captures their suffering and vulnerability whilst... More

Hardback edition
1 similar book recommended
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“5 stars is totally inadequate for this book!”

Another sublime piece of writing from Tiffany Mcdaniel. Here's an author who demands your attention with every word. A truly heartbreaking story told in a way which mesmerises
you. I always feel like a snake... More

Hardback edition
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“Astounding”

ON THE SAVAGE SIDE by Tiffany McDaniel, from beginning to end, is one of the most unsettling journey's I have ever taken. Like Tiffany's last book, BETTY, my favourite book of all time, this one also had me... More

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