"What Solomon achieves with this debut, the sharpness, the depth, the precision puts me in mind of a syringe full of stars. I want to say about this book, its only imperfection is that it ended. But that might give the wrong impression: that it is a happy book, a book that makes a body feel good. It is not a happy book. I love it like I love food, I love it for what it did to me, I love it for having made me feel stronger and more sure in a nightmare world, but it is not a happy book. It is an antidote to poison. It is inoculation against pervasive, enduring disease. Like a vaccine, it is briefly painful, leaves a lingering soreness, but armors you from the inside out."
A Best Book of 2017: NPR, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, Library .Journal, Bustle, Bookish, Barnes & Noble, Chicago Public Library, Book Scrolling. CLMP Firecracker Award Winner. A Stonewall Book Award Honor Book. Finalist for the 2018 Locus Award, John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and the Lambda Literary Award. Nominated for the 2018 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Novel.
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