Marisa Crane’s debut novel, I Keep My Exoskeletons To Myself, explores queer parenthood in a near-future dystopian America. In it, Kris is a new mother who is grieving the loss of her wife. She’s also a “Shadester,” a person who has been stripped of civil rights protections due to something she did in her past.
The novel is written in beautiful, vivid fragments that will leave a lump in your throat. Crane taps into their characters’ inner psyche with pitch perfect insight. There is a sense of very real realism in this very weird speculative work of fiction. I first read Crane’s book in August 2022 and I can say I have thought about it at least once a week. Exoskeletons will stay with readers long after the last page. It will haunt readers. It will change how readers think about parenthood, grief, and our country. It’s a must read for anyone looking for one of the best books of 2023.
I Keep My Exoskeletons To Myself is out now. You can read an excerpt from the book below.Continue reading “Read an excerpt from I Keep My Exoskeletons To Myself by Marisa Crane”
Each month, Debutiful helps readers discover debut authors who are releasing can’t-miss books!Continue reading “4 can’t-miss debut books you should read this December”
Debutiful’s goal since launching in January 2019 has been to help readers discover debut authors. Sometimes ‘debut’ means renowned poets publishing a novel for the first time. Sometimes it means authors publishing on a bigger print after finding success in the indie world. Sometimes it’s a collection of essays or stories from someone who released a longform project.
Precisely defining debut never was what Debutiful wanted to do as long as we’re introducing readers to damn good writer entering the fray.
With that being said, two of the best books this year that are debuts in a new form have been left off this list because Debutiful has included the author on previous Best Of the Year lists. Chelsea Bieker was previously introduced by Debutiful for her debut novel Godshot. This year’s story collection Heartbroke is hands down one of the best collections this year. Similarly, Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s collection Sabrina and Corina was listed as a Best Debut a few years ago. Her first novel Woman of Light is a novel everyone should read. When it comes down to semantics, they were both debuts, but hopefully those authors have been discovered by Debutiful’s readers before. This list includes authors Debutiful have never covered before.
Below are the Best Debut Books of 2022.Continue reading “The Best Debut Books of 2022”
Welcome to the First Taste Reading Series on the Debutiful podcast feed! Each week, a debut author will read five minutes from their book to kick start your week and whet your appetite with damn good writing.
Today, Shelby Van Pelt reads from her debut novel Remarkably Bright Creatures!Continue reading “First Taste: Shelby Van Pelt Reads From Remarkably Bright Creatures”
Welcome to the First Taste Reading Series on the Debutiful podcast feed! Each week, a debut author will read five minutes from their book to kick start your week and whet your appetite with damn good writing.Continue reading “First Taste: Rasheed Newson reads from My Government Means To Kill Me”
There are countless approaches to depicting the subject of a memoir. Tweakerworld by Jason Yamas turns a portrait of the writer into eye-catching pop art.
Tweakerworld follows Yamas as he becomes the top meth dealer in the Bay Area before entering recovery and comes out March 7, 2023 via Unnamed Press. Debutiful is pleased to reveal the striking cover of the book now!Continue reading “See the cover for Tweakerworld, the debut memoir from Jason Yamas”
If you thought Sarah Koenig and Serial was the first time a true crime gripped the country, think again. Vanity Fair corresponded Joe Pompeo‘s new book Blood & Ink reveals the long-running obsession America has had with true crime by taking us back to the time of Gatsby.
The book follows the murder of the Reverend Edward Hall and Eleanor Mills, a choir singer from his church he was having an affair with. Pompeo expertly unravels the crime as well as examines why we as a society are so obsessed with crime in general.
Pompeo chatted with Debutiful to discuss his background, obsession, and research.Continue reading “Joe Pompeo Discusses The Scandalous Jazz Age Double Murder That Hooked America on True Crime”