Forthcoming July 16th For Preorder: The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter | More2Read

Forthcoming July 16th For Preorder: The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter

A surreal exploration of one woman’s life and death against a landscape of meat, office desks, and bad men.

The Book of X tells the tale of Cassie, a girl born with her stomach twisted in the shape of a knot. From childhood with her parents on the family meat farm, to a desk job in the city, to finally experiencing love, she grapples with her body, men, and society, all the while imagining a softer world than the one she is in. Twining the drama of the everyday – school-age crushes, paying bills, the sickness of parents – with the surreal – rivers of thighs, men for sale, and fields of throats – Cassie’s realities alternate to create a blurred, fantastic world of haunting beauty.

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Praise for Book Of X:

— Brian Evenson

“Sarah Rose Etter’s The Book of X is dizzying and grotesque?and I say that with the utmost love. It’s an astute exploration of humanity and the body?specifically the female body?through the lens of young Cassie… Etter has built an eerie, surreal world… and she seduces you into it with dreamy lyricism. You won’t want to leave.”
-Arianna Rebolini, BuzzFeed News, ’29 Summer Books To Get Excited About’

“In the utterly unique and remarkable The Book of X, Sarah Rose Etter takes the surreal and expertly shapes it into a portrait that is as beautiful and compelling as it is horrifying and unbearable… Etter brilliantly, viciously lays bare what it means to be a woman in the world, what it means to hurt, to need, to want, so much it consumes everything.”
-Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist

“I loved every page of this gorgeous, grotesque, heartbreaking novel.”
-Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties

“Penned in succinct, poetic prose, Etter’s surreal debut is exactly as grotesque and horrifying as young adulthood.”
-Courtney Eathorne, Booklist

“With poetic prose and haunting honesty, The Book of X cuts clean to the tangled heart of femininity, unwinding one woman’s story to reflect a familiar self.”
-Danielle Ballantyne, Foreword Reviews

“A relentlessly original look at what it means to exist in a female body.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Etter’s ultrastylized and surreal debut casts a reflection that, like a carnival mirror, points aptly… at humanity’s defects. Etter’s coming-of-age story builds intrigue as it morphs into a portrait of a young woman adrift.”
-Publisher’s Weekly

“Insightful and incisive, this book cuts deep into the failing heart of the feminine mystique. Etter is a surgeon.”
-Amelia Gray, author of Isadora and Gutshot

“The Book of X traverses the mundane and the surreal?from grocery lists to blooming meat, menstrual blood to a jealousy removal shop?laying bare the absurdities of womanhood. A truly original writer, Etter continues to push the boundaries of her imagination…and ours.”
-Melissa Broder, author of The Pisces

“Taut, macabre, with wounds electric, The Book of X will take your head off while staring dead-on into your eyes. Move over, Angela Carter, there’s a new boss in the Meat Quarry, and she is fearless, relentless, ready to feast.”
-Blake Butler, author of There Is No Year and 300,000,000

“Sarah Rose Etter is a visionary. Perfectly paced, structurally audacious, and endlessly inventive?The Book of X is our new Revelation. Actually it’s better than that. Etter’s prose digs with emotion and a thousand unforgettable images. They just twist themselves deeper and deeper into your guts. It’ll probably take years to cut them out.”
-Scott McCLanahan, author of The Sarah Book and Crapalachia

Sarah Rose Etter is the author of The Book of X (Two Dollar Radio, 2019) and Tongue Party (Caketrain Press, 2011). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Cut, Electric Literature, VICE, Guernica, Philadelphia Weekly, and more. She is the recipient of writing residencies at the Disquiet International Program in Portugal, and the Gullkistan Creative Program in Iceland. She earned her MFA from Rosemont College. She lives in San Francisco. You can find out more at


Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 28 June 2019