The Dead Enders

The Dead Enders

For Ages: 14 - 99
For fans of One of Us Is Lying, this novel set during the summer in the small tourist town of Gold Fork features four teens all sharing one secret from their past—and one explosive truth that could change everything.

In a place like Gold Fork, sometimes a secret is the only thing that’s really yours.

Ana, Davis, Erik, and Georgie know that best. Bound together by a horrible tragedy from their pasts, they forged a friendship that has lasted through high school. In a town full of weekenders, they all know what it’s like to be dead enders, fated to stay trapped in a tourist destination for the rest of their lives.

But with the appearance of long-lost family members and an arsonist setting the town ablaze, it’s time to confront the fact that what brought them together years ago might be what ultimately tears them apart.

Because someone is keeping one last secret—a truth that could change everything.
  • Simon Pulse | 
  • 448 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481490337 | 
  • May 2018 | 
  • Grades 9 and up | 
  • Lexile ® HL620L
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About the Author

Erin Saldin
Photograph by Lindsay Jane Photography

Erin Saldin

Erin Saldin is the author of The Girls of No Return and The Dead Enders. She has been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa, and a bartender in New York City, and holds an MFA from the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow in fiction. In 2010, she lived off the grid and alone in the Klamath mountains of Oregon for six months, where she encountered mountain lions and bears and lived under constant threat of forest fires. She is the recipient of a Montana Artist’s Innovator Award from the Montana Arts Council. Her short stories, reviews, and essays have appeared in Gulf Coast, FivechaptersOpen CityThe New York Times, The Best New American VoicesThe Northwest Review, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. Erin lives in Missoula, Montana, with her partner, two toddlers, and a dog, and she is a lecturer in creative writing and the Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana.