Join BookBrowse today and get access to free books, our twice monthly digital magazine, and more.

BookBrowse Reviews The Other Valley by Scott Alexander Howard

Summary |  Excerpt |  Reviews |  Beyond the book |  Read-Alikes |  Genres & Themes |  Author Bio

The Other Valley

A Novel

by Scott Alexander Howard

The Other Valley by Scott Alexander Howard X
The Other Valley by Scott Alexander Howard
  • Critics' Opinion:

    Readers' Opinion:

  • Published:
    Feb 2024, 304 pages

    Genres

  • Rate this book


Book Reviewed by:
Pei Chen
Buy This Book

About this Book

Reviews

BookBrowse:


Odile Ozanne catches a glimpse of the future that changes her life forever in this coming-of-age novel with a time travel twist.

Scott Alexander Howard's debut novel is set in a lush alternate reality: a series of villages spread across valleys, each twenty years apart. Odile Ozanne, a sixteen-year-old applying for apprenticeships, is asked, if you could leave your valley, where would you go and why? Odile decides she would stay right where she is, without a need to dive into memories twenty years back in Ouest 1, the valley to the west, or see potential future offspring twenty years ahead in Est 1, the valley to the east. Her answer impresses enough to land her a spot in the elite Conseil's prestigious vetting program; if she makes it through, she will join a group of officials who make decisions regarding petitions from mourners to travel east or west.

The Conseil's sole job is to protect the status quo of time, weighing the benefit of providing grieving petitioners a moment of comfort with the risk of ...

Subscribers Only

BookBrowse's reviews and "beyond the book" articles are part of the many benefits of membership and, thus, are generally only available to subscribers, including individual members and patrons of libraries that subscribe.

Join Today


Member Login


Library Patrons

Beyond the Book:
  No-Tech Time Travel Books

Read-Alikes

Read-Alikes Full readalike results are for members only

If you liked The Other Valley, try these:

  • The Bone Clocks jacket

    The Bone Clocks

    by David Mitchell

    Published 2015

    About this book

    More by this author

    An elegant conjurer of interconnected tales, a genre-bending daredevil, and master prose stylist, David Mitchell's new novel, The Bone Clocks, crackles with invention and wit.

  • Never Let Me Go jacket

    Never Let Me Go

    by Kazuo Ishiguro

    Published 2006

    About this book

    More by this author

    A tale of deceptive simplicity that slowly reveals an extraordinary emotional depth and resonance – and takes its place among Kazuo Ishiguro's finest work.

Read-Alikes are one of the many benefits of membership. To see the complete list of this book's read-alikes, you need to be a member.
Search read-alikes
How we choose read-alikes

Support BookBrowse

Join our inner reading circle, go ad-free and get way more!

Find out more


Top Picks

  • Book Jacket: Bitter Crop
    Bitter Crop
    by Paul Alexander
    In 1958, Billie Holiday began work on an ambitious album called Lady in Satin. Accompanied by a full...
  • Book Jacket: Under This Red Rock
    Under This Red Rock
    by Mindy McGinnis
    Since she was a child, Neely has suffered from auditory hallucinations, hearing voices that demand ...
  • Book Jacket: Clear
    Clear
    by Carys Davies
    John Ferguson is a principled man. But when, in 1843, those principles drive him to break from the ...
  • Book Jacket: Change
    Change
    by Edouard Louis
    Édouard Louis's 2014 debut novel, The End of Eddy—an instant literary success, published ...

BookBrowse Book Club

Book Jacket
A Great Country
by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
A novel exploring the ties and fractures of a close-knit Indian-American family in the aftermath of a violent encounter with the police.

Members Recommend

  • Book Jacket

    The Flower Sisters
    by Michelle Collins Anderson

    From the new Fannie Flagg of the Ozarks, a richly-woven story of family, forgiveness, and reinvention.

  • Book Jacket

    The House on Biscayne Bay
    by Chanel Cleeton

    As death stalks a gothic mansion in Miami, the lives of two women intertwine as the past and present collide.

Win This Book
Win The Funeral Cryer

The Funeral Cryer by Wenyan Lu

Debut novelist Wenyan Lu brings us this witty yet profound story about one woman's midlife reawakening in contemporary rural China.

Enter

Wordplay

Solve this clue:

M as A H

and be entered to win..

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.