“Raymond Chandler
for feminists”


Copy Boy is a rewarding historical novel with a ferocious, fascinating lead.”
— Foreword Reviews
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“An engrossing work of fiction… An expressive and striking story that examines what one does for family and for oneself.”
— Kirkus Reviews
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Copy Boy investigates issues of psychology, sexism, justice, and social welfare by means of a mystery
and a thriller.”
— Jaclyn Bauer, Centered on Books
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“Underneath a neatly crafted thriller is a deeper story about social mobility, gender inequality, and the higher hurdles women — particularly those of a lower class — are sometimes forced to jump over in order to make a name for themselves.”
— Paperback Paris
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“From the very start of Copy Boy, I was sucked in, and Blanton-Stroud didn’t let me out until the epilogue. Jane is a compelling character, all sharp edges and Midwestern grit, and I was thrilled to see just how far she would go to get what she wanted. Jane is not your traditional historical fiction character, who always has a moment when she subtly reasserts her femininity by acting soft. She digs into what she wants and digs in hard. This means she has to make difficult choices, and not everything she does is laudable. Jane is no hero; she’s just a young woman trying to make her way, and that’s why I loved her so much.”
— San Francisco Book Review

“Shelley Blanton-Stroud’s Copy Boy is one of those novels that can rekindle your faith in fiction. Her distinctive voice, command of historical details, and sheer storytelling verve show through on every page. Maybe this exact story never happened, but it should have—in exactly this way. A bravura debut—I’m expecting great things from this author.”
— David Corbett, award-winning author of The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday

“Shelley Blanton-Stroud’s COPY BOY explores place and identity with sharp-edged suspense and intrigue. Smart, lively, and suspenseful, this is Raymond Chandler for feminists.”
— Sharma Shields, author of The Cassandra, recipient of the Pacific Northwest Book Award

Copy Boy is a fantastic story of a young woman’s survival and re-invention, set in Northern California during the Depression. Blanton-Stroud’s prose sings and crackles and brings us into the world of Jane with so much compassion and beauty and wisdom. An engaging, wonderfully original book.”
— Karen E. Bender, author of The New Order, long listed for the Story Prize, and Refund, a National Book Award finalist

“A stellar debut. Copy Boy may be Shelley Blanton-Stroud’s first novel, but it’s apparent from page one that she’s been working on her craft for many years. Combining the best elements of noir, historical fiction and coming-of-age stories, Blanton-Stroud has written a compelling, nuanced story. Deftly plotted and expertly executed, Copy Boy is as mesmerizing as the moment when the fog lifts over Nob Hill. Highly recommended.”
— Sheldon Siegel. New York Times Best-Selling Author of the Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez novels

“Full of adventure, chutzpah, historical detail and, most of all, heart, Copy Boy is a thrilling, Depression-era coming-of-age story well suited to our times.”
— Maggie Shen King, award-winning author of An Excess Male