The cover of a novel, mostly red, with a distressed photo of a woman and two children, one a boy and one a girl, with some spatters of blood decorating the image

Pre-Order Dust Bath Revival Now!

The cover of a novel titled Dust Bath Revival, mostly red, with a distressed photo of a woman and two children, one a boy and one a girl, with some spatters of blood decorating the image

Dust Bath Revival isn’t gory but I love that blood spatter on the cover.

It’s Dust Bath Revival pre-order time!

Dust Bath Revival is my new novel and now it’s available for pre-order. I’m leading with that because pre-order sales are super important for new novelists and, honestly, I’d really appreciate it if all of you – and all of your friends – would pre-order this novel.

Maybe you’re wondering why you should, though – and I’m so glad you asked. I’ve spent a lot of years talking about bodies, and this is still a story about bodies, bodies and hunger. Before I get to that, let me share the description from Amazon:

16-year-old Henrietta Goodness – Hank to all that know her – has heard all the stories about how the Dust made the dead rise. She’s heard about how life changed.

But that was a long time ago, and Hank is ready for another normal dry and dusty Florida summer. She knows the thunder doesn’t really promise rain. Instead, Hank and her brother will do their chores, run into town as much as they can get away with, and lock up tight and safe in their Aunt Marty’s house once the sun goes down. That’s the plan, at least, until an itinerant tent revival rolls onto their land, with a Reborn – one of the risen dead – traveling caged with them.

The arrival of an unknown cousin connected to the revival starts Hank on the road to solving a mystery that even the government might not want unraveled. There’s nowhere to go when the night isn’t safe and there’s no one to trust when everyone might be part of a conspiracy to keep the Reborn walking.

But what’s it really about?

Here’s what isn’t as clear from the Amazon description: Hank is a fat, queer character, in a story that isn’t about the tragedy of her body or her queerness. Because neither of those things are tragic. They’re just part of her identity, the same way she has a little bit of a temper and a whole lot of curiosity that gets her in trouble.

Hank is 16-years-old and she likes kissing this girl she knows, she likes giving her brother a hard time, and she likes wondering about things beyond the small town in Florida where she lives. She’s got a creepy cousin who shows up and disrupts her entire world and that means she’s suddenly got a lot of things to figure out.

Feeling hungry yet?

Dust Bath Revival is – if we’re going to talk about themes – really about hunger, insatiable hunger. It’s about the way we’re afraid of hunger, metaphorically speaking, and what can happen when you own that hunger instead of trying to run from it. Not to get political with you (totally to get political with you) but insatiable hunger seems to be one of those things mainstream American culture fears – especially in women.

That’s why there are kind of zombies. I wanted to make that clear because I thought I was just writing about zombies. I didn’t figure out the theme until just the other day. That was intense, in a good way.

Don’t worry, these aren’t mindless masses of zombies like in the Walking Dead and zombie movies. It’s not gory in here.

Let’s close with an endorsement!

But don’t just take my word for it; here’s what my friend Robyn – who has heard read Dust Bath Revival in a lot of different drafts – has to say:

If you like unusual heroines, settings so rooted in place and time that you can almost smell them, and alternate histories that result in a world that is actually different from ours, you should pre-order this book. If you enjoy conspiracy, religious ecstasy, and creeping menace in your fiction, you should pre-order this book. And if you’re familiar with Marianne’s other writing, and love the way she mixes humor with revelation, you’ve probably already pre-ordered this book. But if you haven’t, you should!

What’s that, you don’t want to scroll back up to the top of the post to grab the Dust Bath Revival pre-order link? Here it is again!

And thank you. I am always so grateful for the people who have been on this journey with me. Y’all are the best.