Marisa Crane

I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself -- Marisa Crane, Hardcover

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Dept. of Speculation meets Black Mirror in this lyrical, speculative debut about a queer mother raising her daughter in an unjust surveillance state

In a United States not so unlike our own, the Department of Balance has adopted a radical new form of law enforcement: rather than incarceration, wrongdoers are given a second (and sometimes, third, fourth, and fifth) shadow as a reminder of their crime--and a warning to those they encounter. Within the Department, corruption and prejudice run rampant, giving rise to an underclass of so-called Shadesters who are disenfranchised, publicly shamed, and deprived of civil rights protections.

Kris is a Shadester and a new mother to a baby born with a second shadow of her own. Grieving the loss of her wife and thoroughly unprepared for the reality of raising a child alone, Kris teeters on the edge of collapse, fumbling in a daze of alcohol, shame, and self-loathing. Yet as the kid grows, Kris finds her footing, raising a child whose irrepressible spark cannot be dampened by the harsh realities of the world. She can't forget her wife, but with time, she can make a new life for herself and the kid, supported by a community of fellow misfits who defy the Department to lift one another up in solidarity and hope.

With a first-person register reminiscent of the fierce self-disclosure of Sheila Heti and the poetic precision of Ocean Vuong, I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself is a bold debut novel that examines the long shadow of grief, the hard work of parenting, and the power of queer resistance.

Author: Marisa Crane
Publisher: Catapult
Published: 01/17/2023
Pages: 352
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.15lbs
Size: 8.30h x 5.60w x 1.50d
ISBN: 9781646221295

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 10/10/2022
Booklist 11/01/2022 pg. 46
Kirkus Reviews 11/15/2022

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Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic, B&M Picks, Catapult, Dystopian, Fiction, Fiction - General, Hardcover, LGBTQ+, Marisa Crane, Science Fiction, United States

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