Beyond the Point: A Novel (Paperback)
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In this powerful debut novel set at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, three women—a nationally-ranked point guard, the granddaughter of an Army general, and a rebellious Homecoming Queen—are brought together in an enthralling story of friendship, heartbreak, and resilience.
Duty. Honor. Country. That’s West Point’s motto, and every cadet who passes through its stone gates vows to live it. But on the eve of 9/11, as Dani, Hannah and Avery face four grueling years ahead, they realize they’ll only survive if they do it together.
Everyone knows Dani is going places. With athletic talent and a brilliant mind, she navigates West Point’s predominantly male environment with wit and confidence, breaking stereotypes and embracing new friends.
Hannah’s grandfather, a legendary Army general, offers a stark warning about the dangers that lie ahead, but she moves forward anyway, letting faith guide her path. When she meets her soul mate at West Point, the future looks perfect, just as planned.
Wild child Avery moves fast and doesn’t mind breaking a few rules (and hearts) along the way. But she can’t outpace her self-doubt, and the harder she tries, the further it leads her down a treacherous path.
The world—of business, of love, and of war—awaits Dani, Hannah, and Avery beyond the gates of West Point. These three women know that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. But soon, that adage no longer rings true—for their future, or their friendship. As they’re pulled in different directions, will their hard-forged bond prevail or shatter?
Beyond the Point is a heartfelt look at how our closest friends can become our fiercest battle buddies. After all, the greatest battles we fight rarely require a uniform.
About the Author
Claire Gibson is a writer and journalist based in Nashville, Tennessee. Born and raised at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, she grew up captivated by cadets and always dreamed of writing a story that honored her childhood home and the women that inspired her there. Her stories have been featured in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Tennessean and Entrepreneur Magazine, among many other publications.
“In Beyond the Point, Claire Gibson writes a stellar trio of heroines–women I want to hug, women I want to befriend, women I want to be...An inspiring tribute to female friendship and female courage!”
— Kate Quinn, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Alice Network
“...the rare novel that allow you to feel the importance of family, friendship, and patriotism simultaneously. This compelling read...offers hours of page-turning fun with believable women… women you know… women you are… women you want to be.”
— Nancy French, author of Home and Away
“The book reminds us that in our darkest hours, despite tensions and time, best friends show up, helping us find the light.”
— Bryn Chancellor, author of Sycamore
“It’s a book that will make you want to call your best friends, or be a better one.”
— Nora McInerny, author of No Happy Endings