Melissa Broder for Paperback Release of "Death Valley"


Join us on Tuesday, May 7th at 7pm  when MELISSA BRODER comes to the store to celebrate the paperback release of her novel Death Valley. She will read from and discuss her book and will sign copies after the presentation. "One of the best books I've read in years: funny, brilliant, gutting, and easily devoured over the course of one blissful afternoon." - Elle (Melissa's photo by Ryan Pfluger)


This is a free event, but we ask you to pre-register on Eventbrite or in the bookstore to ensure seating. Click Here to preorder a paperback copy of Death Valley.

In Melissa Broder’s astonishingly profound new novel, a woman arrives alone at a Best Western seeking respite from an emptiness that plagues her. She has fled to the California high desert to escape a cloud of sorrow—for both her father in the ICU and a husband whose illness is worsening. What the motel provides, however, is not peace but a path discovered on a nearby hike.

Out along the sun-scorched trail, the narrator encounters a towering cactus whose size and shape mean it should not exist in California. Yet the cactus is there, with a gash through its side that beckons like a familiar door. So she enters it. What awaits her inside this mystical succulent sets her on a journey at once desolate and rich, hilarious, and poignant.

Death Valley is Melissa Broder at her most imaginative, most universal, and finest, and is “a journey unlike any you’ve read before” (
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of Friday Black).

“A hilarious and hallucinatory journey into the badlands of California. . . . Like grief itself, this book is at once surreal, absurd, lucid, and wise; it will change you.” —O, The Oprah Magazine, Best Books of 2023


MELISSA BRODER is the author of the novels Milk Fed, The Pisces, and Death Valley, the essay collection So Sad Today, and five poetry collections, including Superdoom. She has written for The New York Times, Elle, and New York magazine’s The Cut. She lives in Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter @SoSadToday and @MelissaBroder and Instagram @RealMelissaBroder.


THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:30 pm on May 7th.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

DUE TO SPACE limitations, we may not be able to accommodate every person at an event, so early registration is encouraged.

WALK-INS will be accommodated only if space allows.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 PM for the event.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.

Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
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ISBN: 9781668024867
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Published: Scribner - May 7th, 2024