In The Midnight Room

Four women hurtle toward a future none of them can foresee. There is June, who travels to Nevada in the 50’s for a quickie divorce and winds up founding a casino empire. There is Honorata, a mail order bride who wins a jackpot, and Coral, a Vegas native whose birth is shrouded in mystery. And there is Engracia, a young immigrant whose impulsive act of courage intimately binds all four women together.

An ABA IndieNext selection, In the Midnight Room is a book about courage, about how life demands it of us, and about how powerful it can be. It is also a book about an American boomtown: a Las Vegas resplendent with possibilities both beautiful and explosive. Fast-paced enough to read on a beach, In the Midnight Room will resonate long after you turn the final page.

“I’m not one to pull out the term “Great American Novel,” but Laura McBride’s sublime IN THE MIDNIGHT ROOM demands nothing less…This is the novel you need to read right now.”

Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year and A Fortunate Age

“In the opening pages of Laura McBride’s new novel, June Stein dives off the Haverstraw Bridge and straight into the reader’s imagination…A passionate, gripping and beautifully written novel.”

Margot Livesey, author of Mercury

“Laura McBride reminds us of the invisible threads that bind us together as she weaves the stories of four very different women into a haunting tale of love, loss, and the power to endure. A compelling, transporting, and deeply wise novel.”

Patry Francis, author of The Orphans of Race Point 

“A jewel of a novel. Haunting and unpredictable, IN THE MIDNIGHT ROOM is the beautifully told story of how fates intertwine in ways we can’t plan.”


“When Laura McBride starts a novel, her characters lead the way as she writes.”

The Denver Post

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