I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself

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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's Conference, they currently live in San Diego with their wife and child. I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself is their first novel.

Bailey Carr is an experienced audiobook narrator who has recorded numerous titles for New York Times bestselling authors. A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, she currently resides in New York.


"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 "

"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"

"I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself is a delicious novel of ideas...Crane's blend of grief, humor, and imagination is fearless. They have a roller coaster of an imagination--this is an exciting debut and the start of a promising career."

-- "Megan Giddings, author of The Women Could Fly"

"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"


-- "Daily Kos"

"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)"

"A soft yet fierce narrative of queer resistance and abolitionist feeling."

-- "Booklist"

"Skillfully probes the complexities of loss, love, and injustice...[and] convincingly leans toward hope...An anthem for queer love and solidarity that rises above the dystopian cacophony."

-- "Kirkus Reviews"

"Instantly one of my favorite books...Marisa Crane has written a masterpiece: mordantly funny, brilliantly queer, large-hearted...This is the book I didn't know I was waiting for."

-- "Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, author of The Fact of a Body"