Beautifully written and utterly absorbing from the first word, this a haunting coming-of-age novel that's good enough to eat...
Abandoned by her mother with only some cash, her birth certificate and the rucksack on her back, a young woman named Maren sets off on a long journey of self-discovery.
She doesn't blame her mother for leaving; she's only too aware of the trail of pain and tragedy that lies in her wake, following her like a ghost. Innumerable schools and relocations later, Maren is determined to find the key to who she is, and why she does the things she does.
For Maren has urges that she can't control. Cannabalistic urges. And now she's desperate to take control.
Camille DeAngelis worked as an Editorial Assistant in Non-Fiction and as a travel writer before turning her hand to writing fiction. She lives in New Jersey.
DeAngelis , who coincidentally went vegan shortly before starting work on this novel, serves up a cannibal story that successfully blends metaphor with the macabre. Maren's 16th birthday seems too good to be true and sure enough, she awakens the morning after a near-perfect celebration with her mother to find an envelope of cash and a note from her mom: "I love you but I can't do this anymore." Ever since Maren literally devoured her babysitter when she was a little girl, her family has been on the run Maren doesn't let people get too close to her, but when they do, they're liable to get eaten. The other thing Maren's mother left her is her birth certificate, which includes the name of the father she's never known. Hopeful that she might find acceptance and answers, Maren embarks on a cross-country journey in search of her dad. Along the way she discovers often under gruesome circumstances that she is not the only one of her kind, but she is, in a very real way, destined to be alone. 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. What's more, it's a genuinely entertaining (though occasionally stomach-turning) story of a young ghoul's coming of age. Delicious fun.