On the surface, Maren Yearly seems like an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl: bookish and shy, with a predilection for head-to-toe black. She and her mother move from state to state, school to school and job to job, and while the girl does make friends from time to time, she has an awful lot of trouble keeping them. Maren wears black so the blood won’t show.
Bones & All follows this introverted girl-monster as she meets fellow eaters and potential victims on a search for the father she never knew. And when her travels are finished, Maren must confront the horrific birthright she’d give anything to erase.
Written in the first year after I went vegan, Bones & All is more than a meditation on feminine power and sexuality: it’s about why we eat flesh.
Read the first couple chapters over at Tor.com!
Where to Buy:
Porter Square Books (my local independent)
And while you’re at it, put Bones & All on your Goodreads to-read list!
Praise for Bones & All
“DeAngelis takes what could have been a cliched horror novel and transforms it into a commentary on young women’s sexuality, reliance on self, and being about who you are rather than where you came from. Maren may be a monster, but she’s a monster you can relate to. This novel is unique, edgy, and not to be missed!” — Cyndy Aleo, RT Book Reviews “[DeAngelis] successfully blends metaphor with the macabre… This story of a young woman who actually consumes anyone attracted to her provides a strange glimpse into a truly profound depth of loneliness. Maren’s story also offers readers plenty to chew on: issues of feminism, family, and the very idea of flesh eating…genuinely entertaining.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review) “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 “A dark and mesmerizing vision of adolescent desire—this book will devour you.” — Robin Wasserman, author of The Waking Dark and The Book of Blood and Shadow “Bones & All is a fantastically terrifying escape from reality. I was enthralled from the opening scene and clung to every page of Maren’s turbulent journey to find her father — and herself. This is a powerful story of a young woman learning to embrace her deepest secrets, and her darkest needs.” — Chevy Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of Still Missing, Never Knowing and Always Watching “DeAngelis has invented a fiercely new form of human predator whose powers from birth tread the line between supernatural and realistic in a way readers have never seen. You’ll be up all night turning the pages — fans of Dexter will be captivated by this sympathetic female killer who ups the ante in every imaginable way.” — Alissa Nutting, author of Tampa and Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls “A strange, 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. I loved the magical, everyday monstrosity of Maren’s wholly unique story, and (fittingly) devoured it in one sitting.” — Carolyn Turgeon, author of Godmother, Mermaid, and The Fairest of Them All “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
Interviews and Extras
REAL Worldwide radio interview with Caryn Hartglass, May 26, 2015
My Favorite Coming-of-Age Novels at Publishers Weekly
Books and All: Camille DeAngelis on Books, Food and Identity at Book Reporter
Halloween Q&A at Peace, Love, Teen Fiction
Still thinking about @cometparty‘s BONES AND ALL. A beautifully written almost-horror, almost-love story, with a terrific lead character.
— Kat Howard (@KatWithSword) March 30, 2015
“I’m gonna go grocery shopping and then read a book about a girl who eats her boyfriends. Why, what are you up to?” — Rachel Fershleiser (@RachelFersh) January 12, 2015