I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself


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5.6 X 8.3 X 1.5 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

MARISA CRANE is a writer, basketball player, and sweatpants enthusiast. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Joyland, No Tokens, TriQuarterly, Passages North, Florida Review, Catapult, Lit Hub, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. An attendee of the Tin House Workshop and Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, they currently live in San Diego with their wife and child. I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself is their first novel.


Independent Book Review, A 2023 Most Anticipated Title
LGBTQReads, A Most Anticipated Book of the Year
Goodreads, A Buzziest Debut Novel of the Year

"There's a lot going on in Crane's hard-to-classify, hard-to-put down debut novel, but at its heart, beneath the gorgeous sentences and gallows humor and speculative-fiction machinations, it's a survival story." --Patrick Rapa, The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Phenomenal." --Marissa Higgins, Daily Kos

"A thought-provoking, inventive examination of queer motherhood, forgiveness, redemption, punishment, surveillance, and so much more . . . It's a brilliant, disturbing read, yet full of heart, love, and found family." --Margaret Kingsbury, BuzzFeed

"Sharp and affecting." --Natalie Zutter, Literary Hub

"A tale of a uniquely queer form of parenthood and resistance." --Michelle Hart, Electric Literature

"A masterclass in gorgeous writing that sings while also punching you in the gut. Expect to read a novel like you've never experienced before and walk away feeling changed forever." --Adam Vitcavage, Debutiful

"Crane's lyrical, thought-provoking novel is as much about the thorny complexities of grief and queer parenthood as it is a quietly horrifying dystopian fantasy . . . Compelling and relatable . . . Brimming with hope, love, and spirit . . . Crane crafts a soft yet fierce narrative of queer resistance and abolitionist feeling." --Booklist

"The author's profound maturity shines as they interrogate the creation of family, criminalization, and queer resistance. Readers will be moved and electrified." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"An intimate, poetic debut . . . Reminiscent of the tenderly ironic confessional voice of Melissa Broder's novels and the rendering of an eclectic community's search for connection and survival in Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven, this novel skillfully probes the complexities of loss, love, and injustice. Writing fiction that convincingly leans toward hope is a challenging task, but Crane does so with self-assured, muscular grace. An anthem for queer love and solidarity that rises above the dystopian cacophony." --Kirkus Reviews

"Instantly one of my favorite books, I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself is singular of both voice and vision from the very first paragraph. Marisa Crane has written a masterpiece: mordantly funny, brilliantly queer, large-hearted. Moving and wise, it rises to meet our current sociopolitical moment with prose that glitters sharp as broken glass. This is the book I didn't know I was waiting for." --Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, author of The Fact of a Body

"Marisa Crane's I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself is a captivating portrait of queerness, grief, and redemption that challenges assumptions about parenting and justice. Crane's sharp and funny dystopian novel explores how easy it is to become our worst selves, and how hard it is to recover from life-changing mistakes. " --Isle McElroy, author of The Atmospherians

"In I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself, Marisa Crane writes with immense beauty and ferocity about surveillance and injustice, grief and love. Kris is an unforgettable guide through the novel's speculative world, at once hilarious and heart-sick, and her furiously lyric voice will haunt you long after the final page. I loved this powerfully original debut." --Laura van den Berg, author of I Hold a Wolf by the Ears

"Marisa Crane writes of queer parenthood with razor-sharp precision: you could cut yourself on their sentences, or you could find in them a gorgeous, subversive home. With a voice as innovative as it is boldly honest, I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself offers us a speculative world that refracts, mirrors, and expands our own." --Carolina De Robertis, author of The President and the Frog

"Marisa Crane's I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself is a delicious novel of ideas that made me consider justice, grief, desire, and friendship. It also made me laugh out loud. Crane's blend of grief, humor, and imagination is fearless. They have a rollercoaster of an imagination--this is an exciting debut and the start of a promising career." --Megan Giddings, author of Lakewood and The Women Could Fly