Western Lit: ‘Into the Valley’ Offers Skillful Social Commentary by Looking at an Unstable 1960s 30-Year-Old

On the surface, California author Ruth Galm’s debut novel Into the Valley is a sidelong, Didion-esque glance into a 30-something woman’s unaccountable unraveling. Beneath the surface, it is skillfully whispered social commentary. Caught between the counterculture of late 1960s San Francisco and her mother’s conservative past, B. (as the main character calls herself) is inflicted […]