"Keil’s ambitious debut is jam-packed with twists and depth and froth and function ...a transcendent journey"
—The New York Times Book Review
“In her debut novel, Michelle Ruiz Keil crafts a fantastical ode to the Golden City’s postpunk era.”
“The writing soars . . . This tale of found family and recovery weaves an unforgettable punk rock-infused spell.”
—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“This intricately constructed urban fantasy is complex and beautiful, blending folklore, San Franciscan history, the music scene...magic, and the intertwined lives of characters, including a cat named Peasblossom who sees and understands more than the humans . . . Fantasy fans will find this book appealing, fun, and hard to put down.”
—School Library Journal
“Michelle Ruiz Keil’s debut is sure to leave readers thinking about trauma, forgiveness, and growth.”
“Intriguing and well-crafted.”
—YA Books Central
“Keil is at her best playing with the magical realism element . . . using lush, imagistic prose to cast a dreamy (sometimes nightmarish) pall over the scenes.”
—Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books
“A stunning re-imagining of Jane Eyre, set in San Francisco and exploring themes of found family, processing trauma, and growing up . . . With her magical setting, lush prose, and unforgettable characters, Michelle Ruiz Keil has created a world that you won’t want to leave.”
—Cecilia Cackley, East City Bookshop (Washington, DC)
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