NEVER LET ME GO meets THE GIVER in this haunting debut about a cult on an isolated island, where nothing is as it seems.
8. November 2016, quoteJoshua Gaylord, author of When We Were Animals
“Set on an enchanted island where magic is replaced by Freudian nightmare, Gather the Daughters is an eerie, claustrophobic tale in the spirit of Shakespeare's The Tempest and Grimm's fairy tales. In her extraordinary first novel, Melamed pulls no punches
8. November 2016, quoteHelene Wecker, NYT bestselling author of The Golem and the Jinni
“Lyrical and ferocious, Jennie Melamed’s Gather the Daughters follows the young daughters of an isolated society who start to question the truths of their world. Melamed paints the joys and anxieties of girlhood with visceral force as the puzzle deepens a
8. November 2016, quoteGreenburger
UK: Tinder Press ; Brazil: Rocco ; France: Anne Carrière ; Hungary: Athenaeum ; Portugal: 2020
8. May 2017, reviewLibrary Journal, starred review
[C]ompulsive and suspenseful debut… This beautifully and carefully constructed work pulls no punches in its depiction of a bleak future; it will attract fans of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale...
8. May 2017, quoteKate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat
An intriguing, gorgeously realized and written novel which inexorably draws you into its dark heart.
8. May 2017, quoteJulie Cohen
Gather The Daughters is extraordinary, powerful, and harrowing—and yet hopeful in its portrait of the human spirit and the endurance of love. This is a visceral book on all levels and it is haunting me still.
8. May 2017, quoteEdan Lepucki, author of California
In Gather the Daughters, girls and women face a world that is brutal, insidious, and unjust—and yet, hope and resilience persist. This is a lush, vivid, and chilling novel. A remarkable and unforgettable debut.
8. May 2017, reviewKirkus, starred review
Melamed is a masterful writer, and she establishes a hauntingly vivid atmosphere…. This is a haunting work in the spirit of The Handmaid’s Tale—but Melamed more than holds her own…. Fearsome, vivid, and raw: Melamed’s work describes a world of indoctrinat
14. June 2017, reviewPublishers Weekly, starred review
Melamed's haunting and powerful debut blazes a fresh path in the tradition of classic dystopian works...a searing portrayal of a utopian society gone wrong...Melamed's prose is taut and precise. Her nuanced characters and honest examination of the crueler
24. June 2017, quoteMedium
Excerpt featured, along with Jennie Melamed’s story of the real world inspirations behind the book and how her work with traumatized children lead her to create this powerful novel whose message resonates across cultures worldwide.
24. June 2017, quoteChatelaine Magazine (Canada)
Summer book pick, alongside Arundhati Roy, Sherman Alexie, Maile Meloy, Roxane Gay, and other bestselling authors.
24. June 2017, quoteBookish
GATHER THE DAUGHTERS is one of the Best Book Club Picks for June 2017
24. June 2017, quoteRedMagDaily.com (UK)
This is set to be one of the big books of the summer.
1. September 2017, reviewNew York Magazine
Named a top July pick by prominent literary critic Boris Kachka: “Melamed hasn’t written a simple didactic dystopia; her island is more brutal but also more hopeful than the usual brave new world — if only the four girls facing its horrific rituals can le
1. September 2017, reviewBooklist, starred review
[G]orgeous writing… Readers will find dread washing over them as the story unfolds, and will be left catching their breath when the full backstory dawns on them.
1. September 2017, quoteEntertainment Weekly
GATHER THE DAUGHTERS was named a People pick of the week and featured in Entertainment Weekly
1. September 2017, reviewDaily Mail, UK
A chilling, vividly realised feminist novel that propels the reader into the dark heart of a cruelly repressive and sinister society.
1. September 2017, reviewRED Magazine
the one book you should read this month!
1. September 2017, reviewPeople Magazine
Book of the Week! - Spooky, sure-footed debut… It’s a provocative, dystopian page-turner about patriarchy run amok—just the thing to tide you over until the next season of The Handmaid’s Tale.
1. September 2017, reviewBookpage
Gripping, haunting portrayal of girls coming of age and questioning everything they’ve ever been taught.
1. September 2017, reviewBigIssue
Best Summer Reading! It is an unexpected event during one of these wild summers which unleashes the novel’s heartstopping dramatic turn and from that point, it’s irresistible. At times harrowing in its depiction of cruelty, at other times joy-filled and b
1. September 2017, reviewReadItForward
Best of July. “This summer, don’t miss Gather the Daughters, a novel from a new talent, Jennie Melamed, which has a mood reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, but with a plot and style all its own. “
1. September 2017, quoteLiterary Hub
Author essay, “How Writing Let Me Take Control of My Own Story”
1. September 2017, quoteTeen Vogue
Author essay, "What It’s Like to Have Your Dad Come Out as Gay"
1. September 2017, quoteQwillery
Interview with Jennie Melamed, author of Gather the Daughters
1. September 2017, quotefemale
10 Things I'd Like My Readers To Know About Me - Jennie Melamed writes a piece for us upon the release of her new book Gather The Daughters.
1. September 2017, reviewMitchigan Daily
Gather the Daughters is one of the most gorgeous debut novels of the summer. While it bears some inevitable comparisons to certain contemporary favorites—The Handmaid’s Tale, The Giver, Never Let Me Go, even Spring Awakening,—first time author Jennie Mela
1. September 2017, reviewEntertainment Weekly
[S]pooky, sure-footed debut… It’s a provocative, dystopian page-turner about patriarchy run amok—just the thing to tide you over until the next season of The Handmaid’s Tale.