"One of the strongest authorial voices I’ve heard in a very long time.”
Anna Quinn, The Night Child and Angeline.
“A raw, challenging and ultimately rewarding read. The idiosyncratic prose and syntax
give a real sense of disorientation.”
Gail Aldwin, This Much Huxley Knows
“With powerful writing that demands a reader’s attention from the start, Hall navigates
the dissociative nature of trauma and the slow, staggered process of healing. A
compelling, moving exploration of the often unpredictable paths we take in order to
Andrea J. Buchanan
Five-Part Invention, PEN finalist and New York Times bestselling author.
Seattle author Alle C. Hall’s literary fiction debut, As Far as You Can Go Before You
Have to Come Back is a-girl-and-her-backpack story with a #MeToo influence: Carlie is
not merely traveling. A child sexual abuse survivor, as a teen she steals ten thousand
dollars and runs away to Asia. There, the Lonely Planet path of hookups, heat, alcohol,
and drugs takes on a terrifying reality. Landing in Tokyo in the late 1980s, Carlie falls in
with an international crew of tai chi-practicing backpackers. With their help, Carlie has
the chance at a journey she didn’t plan for: one to find the self-respect ripped from her
as a child and the healthy sexuality she desires.