One early morning, Sally dies; her skull crushes into the pavement of her small town street, leaving behind her two little girls, an abusive husband, and a community of averted eyes. Exploring the conflict between Sally's luminosity and her desolation, Element of Blank considers the intoxication of self-destruction with haunting honesty. Based on a true event, this debut novel offers a study on the fragile and brutal nature of choice in the human journey.

"[Reed's] writing teems with vivid and sometimes graphic detail as she recreates a living, breathing, and unbearable situation that at times is almost overwhelming." Norm Goldman of American Chronicle

"Raw, dark, gritty, and undeniably compelling." Midwest Book Review