Danya Kukafka in-conversation with Val Brelinski / GIRL IN SNOW

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Booksmith is proud to host Danya Kukafka as she introduces her debut novel Girl in Snow. With Danya in conversation will be fellow author Val Brelinski (The Girl Who Slept With God). Please join us!


Set in the small suburb of Broomsville, Colorado, this addictive thriller begins with the discovery of high school freshman Lucinda Hayes’s dead body near a playground carousel. With the town’s golden girl murdered, accusations quickly spread, drawing three outsiders from the shadows.


Oddball Cameron Whitley loved—still loves—Lucinda. Though they’ve hardly ever spoken, and any sensible onlooker would call him Lucinda’s stalker, Cameron is convinced that he knows her better than anyone. Completely untethered by the news of her death, Cameron’s erratic behavior provides the town ample reason to suspect that he’s the killer.

Jade Dixon-Burns hates Lucinda. Lucinda took everything from Jade: her babysitting job, and her best friend. The worst part was Lucinda’s blissful ignorance to the damage she’d wrought.

Officer Russ Fletcher doesn’t know Lucinda, but he knows the kid everyone is talking about, the boy who may have killed her. Cameron Whitley is his ex-partner’s son. Now Russ must take a painful journey through the past to solve Lucinda’s murder and keep a promise he made long ago.





“An exciting debut from a talented new voice. Girl in Snow is a propulsive mystery set in a suburban community marked by unsettling voyeurism. Danya Kukafka patiently reveals layers of her characters’ inner lives—their ugliness and vulnerabilities—in prose that sparkles and wounds. I couldn’t put this one down.” —Brit Bennett, New York Times bestselling author of The Mothers






Danya Kukafka is a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She currently works as an assistant editor at Riverhead books. Girl in Snow is her first novel.




Val Brelinski was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho, the daughter of devout evangelical Christians. She received her MFA from the University of Virginia and her writing has been featured in Vogue, MORE, Salon, VQR, and The Rumpus. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University from 2003 to 2005. Her debut novel is The Girl Who Slept With God. 



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Girl in Snow Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501144370
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - August 1st, 2017

The Girl Who Slept with God Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143109433
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - July 5th, 2016