Bones & All: A Novel (Paperback)

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This book—about teenage cannibals on a road trip—is both a spooky horror novel and a sweet coming-of-age story. Sixteen-year-old Maren is unable to overcome an inborn desire to eat anyone who desires her too much, and she has spent much of her life avoiding the consequences of this curse. Abandoned by her mother, she goes on the road in search of her father and her future. A lovely, thoughtful exmaination of taboo and compulsion, desire and repulsion, Bones & All is also a well-told and entertaining novel.

— From Paula's Picks


2015 Alex Award Recipient!

Maren Yearly is a young woman who wants the same things we all do. She wants to be someone people admire and respect. She wants to be loved. But her secret, shameful needs have forced her into exile. She hates herself for the bad thing she does, for what it's done to her family and her sense of identity; for how it dictates her place in the world and how people see her--how they judge her. She didn't choose to be this way.

Because Maren Yearly doesn't just break hearts, she devours them. Ever since her mother found Penny Wilson's eardrum in her mouth when Maren was just two years old, she knew life would never be normal for either of them. Love may come in many shapes and sizes, but for Maren, it always ends the same-with her hiding the evidence and her mother packing up the car.

But when her mother abandons her the day after her sixteenth birthday, Maren goes looking for the father she has never known, and finds much more than she bargained for along the way.

Faced with a world of fellow eaters, potential enemies, and the prospect of love, Maren realizes she isn't only looking for her father, she's looking for herself.

Camille DeAngelis' Bones & All is an astonishingly original coming-of-age tale that is at once a gorgeously written horror story as well as a mesmerizing meditation on female power and sexuality.

About the Author

Camille DeAngelis is the author of the novels Mary Modern and Petty Magic and a first-edition guidebook, Moon Ireland. A graduate of NYU and the National University of Ireland, Galway, Camille currently lives in Boston. She is a vegan.

Praise For…

“[DeAngelis] successfully blends metaphor with the macabre…genuinely entertaining…Delicious fun.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A commentary on young women's sexuality, reliance on self, and being about who you are rather than where you came from...This novel is unique, edgy, and not to be missed!” —RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars, "Top Pick"

“Maren's loneliness makes her a vulnerable and completely believable protagonist...DeAngelis doesn't shy away from Maren's dark nature but manages to keep her us a portrait of a young girl who wants to fit in.” —Library Journal

“One look at Bones & All's startling first page, and there's no going back. This is a coming-of-age journey with shocking revelations, disturbing passion, and deep truths about being a girl in this world. Camille DeAngelis is a wildly imaginative, welcome new voice in YA fiction.” —Nova Ren Suma, author of The Walls Around Us and Imaginary Girls

“A dark and mesmerizing vision of adolescent desire--this book will devour you.” —Robin Wasserman, author of The Waking Dark and The Cold Awakening series

“A powerful story of a young woman learning to embrace her deepest secrets, and her darkest needs.” —Chevy Stevens, bestselling author of Still Missing, Never Knowing and Always Watching

“DeAngelis has invented a fierce new form of human predator.” —Alissa Nutting, author of Tampa and Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls

“A spellbinding book full of horrors wrapped in sweetness and longing and finding one's way in the world, or maybe it's the other way around.” —Carolyn Turgeon, author of Mermaid

“A dark and delicious tale full of unexpected twists that will keep readers turning the pages.” —John Searles, bestselling author of Help for the Haunted and Strange But True

“From its opening, grab-you-by-the-gut paragraph to its chilling, perfect ending, I was captivated by the story of Maren Yearly, a character unlike any I've ever encountered before. Bones & All is a riveting, utterly original, and unexpectedly tender exploration of one of the scariest things in the world: growing up.” —Elizabeth Little, author of Dear Daughter

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250046529
ISBN-10: 1250046521
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: March 22nd, 2016
Pages: 304
Language: English