The Book Eaters
Out on the Yorkshire Moors lives a secret line of people for whom books are food, and who retain all of a book's content after eating it. To them, spy novels are a peppery snack; romance novels are sweet and delicious. Eating a map can help them remember destinations, and children, when they misbehave, are forced to eat dry, musty pages from dictionaries.
Devon is part of The Family, an old and reclusive clan of book eaters. Her brothers grow up feasting on stories of valor and adventure, and Devon—like all other book eater women—is raised on a carefully curated diet of fairytales and cautionary stories.
But real life doesn't always come with happy endings, as Devon learns when her son is born with a rare and darker kind of hunger—not for books, but for human minds.
Publisher: Tor & Harper Voyager UK
Publication Date: August 2, 2022
"Raw and imaginative, this gritty, gothic anti-fairytale knows the truth: love will make a villain out of anyone." -- Olivie Blake, author of The Atlas Six
“Innovative, unique, poignant, and told with a voice as original as the story itself. I finished this novel in that one sitting, yet I’ll be pondering it for a long time to come. This is the debut of a new master of the modern fantasy. Don’t miss it.”—James Rollins, #1 New York Times bestseller of The Starless Crown
"This beautiful, delicate, cruel, utterly unique look at tradition, motherhood, trauma, and what it means to be a monster would be a masterpiece from an established author. As a debut, it is nothing short of stunning. It kept surprising me all the way to the end.”—Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of Every Heart A Doorway
The fascinating magic system, impeccable and unusual worldbuilding, and well-shaded characters will keep readers riveted through every twist of this wild ride. —Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review
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Sunyi Dean is an autistic, mixed-race author who has been featured in Sub Q, Aurealis, and Andromeda Spaceways. Her short fiction has appeared in a variety of places, including the Best of British SF 2018 Anthology, FFO, Prole, and BBC Radio Leeds. Sunyi is active on social media and attends writing groups and conferences both near her home in the UK (when we’re not in a global pandemic) and online.
Tags: Adult, Fantasy, Gothic, LGBTQIA+, Magical Realism, Speculative Fiction/SFF, Thriller, BIPOC, Disability/ND (author is autistic and ADHD)