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 at very different crossroads in their lives, all sharing one goal—escape Gold Fork by any means necessary.

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

And Ana, Erik, Davis, and Georgie know a thing or two about secrets. Bound together by a horrible accident from their pasts, the friendship forged years ago in a youth group led by Davis’s pastor mother has managed to last through high school. They don’t agree on much, but, in a town full of weekenders, they all know what it’s like to be a dead ender—someone fated to stay trapped in a tourist town for the rest of their life.

Each of them has a plan to get out, but it won’t be easy. And now, with an arsonist working his way through the town and setting it ablaze, moving ahead with their lives will be even harder.

These four dead enders are about to find out just how much there is to lose in Gold Fork.
  • Simon Pulse | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481490337 | 
  • May 2018 | 
  • Grades 9 and up
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About the Author

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.