“An inspiring tribute to female friendship and female courage!”Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network and The Huntress.

Three women are brought together in an enthralling story of friendship, heartbreak, and resilience. Set at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, this is an amazing debut novel.

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.


“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. Hannah, Avery, and Dani enter the male-dominated world of West Point as very different personalities, but they all prove tough as their Army boots as their friendship weathers the tests of school and life, faith and loss, love and war. An inspiring tribute to female friendship and female courage!”
Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of
The Alice Network
 

“This heartening and heartbreaking story is an ode to the strength of friendship.”  —Publishers Weekly 

“While the focus is solidly on each of the women’s coming of age in the unique environment of the U.S. military, deeper themes, such as racism, sexism, and sexual assault, are also explored. Readers of women’s fiction will appreciate the strength and determination of the trio, as well as the insider’s view of West Point culture.” –Booklist 

“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

Inspired by true events, three young women cadets at West Point are brought together in an enthralling story of friendship, heartbreak, and resilience in a powerful debut novel, BEYOND THE POINT by Claire Gibson (William Morrow Paperbacks, 9780062853745, on sale April 2, 2019).

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. 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?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Author Claire Gibson grew up at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where her father was a professor. Drawing on her own experiences and more than twenty interviews, Gibson wrote BEYOND THE POINT as an ode to the everyday strength and courage she long admired in the women of West Point. BEYOND THE POINT shines a light on the lives of women in the military, as characters struggle to maintain their friendships, marriages, and careers while their lives unfold amid heartbreak and ultimate triumph.

Gibson’s writing has been published in the Washington Post, Marie Claire, Garden & Gun, and other outlets. She lives in Nashville with her family. For more, visit www.clairegibson.com.


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