Each Vagabond by Name

by Margo Orlando Littell

257 pages • $15.95 • May 2016 • ISBN: 9781608011223 • Add to Cart


When a group of traveling people descends on the sleepy town of Shelk, Pennsylvania, Zaccariah Ramsy, owner of the local bar, finds himself drawn into their world after a hungry man turns up on his doorstep. Meanwhile, Stella Vale, Ramsy's former love, believes that her long-lost daughter might be among those who begin to rob townspeople's homes. As tensions between Shelk residents and the newcomers rise, Stella and Ramsy must decide whether they will remain isolated from the world around them--or reach for a life of new possibilities. A piercing tale of isolation, redemption, and belonging, Each Vagabond By Name is a powerful exploration of loss by a commanding new literary voice.


"Everyone [in Each Vagabond by Name] is desperate in their own way, fromthe shivering, hungry gypsies to the overworked miners and their families. Andwith Littell's beautiful prose, it's easy to feel on both sides of theconflict." --Readers Unbound

Each Vagabond by Name, "a Pennsylvanian town stands as a microcosm for our response to the millions of immigrants,refugees, and displaced people on the move across the world." --Mom EggReview

"Each Vagabond by Name is an intriguingstory of belonging, sense of self, xenophobia, and overcoming loss throughempathy and outreach to the underdog. ... Ultimately, we're left with astartling rediscovery of what love, loyalty, and redemption can look like forcharacters who appear to have little perspective of the future beyond theirordinary lives." --Coal Hill Review

Selected by xoJane as one of "7 Serious Summer-Avoidant Anti-Beach Reads"

Selected by Bustle as one of "15 Great AppalachianNovels that Reflect the Unique Culture of the Region"

Awarded the 2017 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Regional Fiction (Mid-Atlantic)


Margo Orlando Littell grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania and received an MFA from Columbia. After spending many years in New York City, Barcelona, and Northern California, she now lives in New Jersey with her family. This is her first novel.

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