My Name Is Venus Black (Hardcover)

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I couldn’t put this book down! When she is 13-years-old, Venus Black is arrested for killing her stepfather. A few days later, her autistic brother Leo is kidnapped. The book follows both of their stories and is totally a page turner. Great characters, and a great story about family and what family truly means. I loved, also, how it demonstrates the gray areas of life. 

— Lindsey


In this riveting, heartfelt debut, a young woman assumes a new name to escape her dark past and find the redemption she desperately seeks.

"It's impossible not to root for this strong, willful girl as she finds her place in the world and for her brother as he tries to make sense of it."--Kirkus Reviews

"Charming, touching, and a host of other adjectives not often associated with a murderous thirteen-year-old."--Booklist

Venus Black is a straitlaced A student fascinated by the study of astronomy--until the night she commits a shocking crime that tears her family apart and ignites a media firestorm. Venus refuses to talk about what happened or why, except to blame her mother. Adding to the mystery, Venus's developmentally challenged younger brother, Leo, goes missing.

More than five years later, Venus is released from prison with a suitcase of used clothes, a fake identity, and a determination to escape her painful past. Estranged from her mother, and with her beloved brother still missing, she sets out to make a fresh start in Seattle, skittish and alone. But as new people enter her orbit--including a romantic interest and a young girl who seems like a mirror image of her former lost self--old wounds resurface, and Venus realizes that she can't find a future while she's running from her past.

In this gripping story, debut novelist Heather Lloyd brilliantly captures ordinary lives thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Told through a constellation of captivating voices, My Name Is Venus Black explores the fluidity of right and wrong, the pain of betrayal, and the meaning of love and family.

Praise for My Name Is Venus Black

"Fans of realistic coming-of-age fiction will enjoy Lloyd's fast-paced first novel for the freshly drawn original characters, compelling story line, and beautiful tribute to the healing power of love. It's bound to have crossover appeal to older YA readers."--Library Journal

"A dark but ultimately uplifting story about family, love, and forgiveness, and how to find your place in the world, My Name Is Venus Black is a powerful debut novel from a fresh voice in fiction."--New York Times bestselling author Sarah Jio

About the Author

Heather Lloyd, who has spent many years working as an editor and writing coach, lives with her husband in New York City. My Name Is Venus Black is her first novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780399592188
ISBN-10: 0399592180
Publisher: Dial Press
Publication Date: February 27th, 2018
Pages: 368
Language: English