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About the Author
Davey Davis's first book, the earthquake room, was released by TigerBee Press in 2017. They write a weekly newsletter and mutual aid fundraiser about art, culture, sexuality, and people named David at itsdavid.substack.com. They live in Brooklyn.
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Davis is a remarkably self-assured author, and X is a dizzying, beautiful novel, and a fascinating look at a subculture that mainstream American art has frequently shied away from. --Michael Schaub, NPR

"X is lyrical and nonlinear, with sentences that feel like carved obsidian: dark, sharp and shiny . . . the overall effect is masterly, a perfect mating of style and subject . . . X documents a dystopia that has only just arrived, suggesting that perhaps there was a moment when we could have taken a different path . . . [It] will leave you, in the same way it leaves its narrator, wondering: What are you ignoring? What can't you admit to yourself? And is it already too late, or have you just given up?" --Hugh Ryan, The New York Times Book Review

In this dystopian yet all-too-imaginable read, a new friend of Lee's goes missing around a U.S.-led purge of migrants and refugees, resulting in a tale as sexy as it is alarming--and making it the perfect thing to read at Riis Beach all summer long. --Emma Specter, Vogue

Davey Davis's X is the real deal, lacerating the reader with its swagger, prose, and heat. It's delicious; it's so gay; it locates and names the state as easily as it locates and names desire . . . Buy this book. --Sarah Thankam Mathews, The Cut

Anytime the jacket copy on a book promises to explore 'warehouses, bathrooms, and dungeons across New York City, ' it has our attention. This noir-inflected dystopian thriller follows true-crime obsessive Lee as they move through those spaces and attempt to unravel a mystery involving the titular 'X.' Author Davey Davis has cited Sarah Schulman, Dennis Cooper, and James M. Cain as influences, suggesting X will be a wild ride into the unknown. --Thrillist

An engrossing read that asks big questions about autonomy and freedom in every sense of those words. --Sarah Neilson, A Them Best Book of Summer

Davey Davis's X is an especially hot ticket this season. --Paul Gallant, Xtra

Whether in their debut novel the earthquake room or in their consistently fascinating substack DAVID, Davey Davis is one of the sharpest chroniclers of contemporary queer culture. Their writing goes beyond discourse, excavating the complexities of topics our communities love to simplify. Their new book, X, is a noir based in a present much like our own. It's as sticky, thought-provoking, and, simply, entertaining, as we've come to expect from Davey. --Drew Gregory, Autostraddle

Thrilling, sexy, and electric . . . It's the type of book that grabs you by the collar and won't let you go until you finish. It's queer, dark, and mesmerizing. --Adam Vitcavage, Debutiful

Davis' enticing debut is a Winterson-reminiscent tale of love and lust on the margins, a bewitching mix of kink and dystopian thrills. --Michelle Hart, Electric Literature

A sexy and dangerous ride. --Mikaella Clements, The White Review

Davis delivers an astonishing speculative tale of sex, power, and gender . . . Vivid and witty, Davis's prose hurtles between moments of beauty and darkness, often in the same breath . . . This one hits hard. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)


"Davis is an astounding writer, seemingly unconstrained by taboos and waist deep down in the maw of life, examining what the rest of us shy away from--never more than here in X, the rare book that can thrill and entertain, while simultaneously causing you to question everything about how you're living." --Torrey Peters, author of Detransition, Baby

Hardboiled style meets dyke drama in the clubs and play parties of queer Brooklyn. In an atmosphere of creeping fascism, Davey Davis gives us a fascinating protagonist. When not making a mess of their life or wasting it on true crime podcasts, Lee is an amateur sadist obsessed with finding the mysterious X, mistress of the craft to which they aspire. X is both a delight to read and a penetrating study on the intimacy of violence and the violence of intimacy. --McKenzie Wark, author of Reverse Cowgirl

In X, Davey Davis presses down hard on all of our bruised places until we beg for more. In their taut, electric prose, Davis performs a skillful sleight of hand: keeping our eyes on the noirish tale of a pain slut's growing obsession, while just out of frame fascism slowly creeps into daily life. X will leave you wet, hard, and implicated. --Morgan M. Page, writer and host of One from the Vaults podcast