Yr Dead (Pre-order)

Sam Sax



Daunt Books Publishing > Fiction

ISBN: 9781914198861

Published August 2024


I can’t make heads or tails of it, the goat on the corner of Union and Metropolitan.

It is 2016 and Ezra has just lit themself on fire outside Trump Tower, New York.

Their life suddenly flashes across time and geography, leaping from memories of childhood to the inherited memory and historical movements of their family: smoking Winstons aged twelve, after Hebrew School; their mother disappearing without a trace; visiting a temple in Tel Aviv; a college reunion filled with ghosts.

Memories culminate to create a work that revels in estrangement, in feeling queer and at home, or queer and out of place; in feeling alive. Visceral, propulsive and at turns fluorescently beautiful and tragic, Yr Dead is a diasporic bildungsroman for fans of Ocean Vuong and Henry Hoke.

‘With Yr Dead, Sax revivifies the novel form, sculpting a poignant narrative that accumulates in meaning and sticks in the mind long after reading. There is rage in this work, and resistance against the pervasive horrors of our times, which Sax engages towards a delicate and astute exploration into the contradictions of a self and society. Refreshing as it is revelatory, Yr Dead demands attention to the need for change – I am grateful for it.’ Peter Scalpello

‘A singular, titrated, indelible debut.’ Alexander Chee

‘I’ve long been dazzled by Sam Sax’s writing . . . Yr Dead is a kaleidoscopic wonder.’ R. O. Kwon

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Weight 0.45 kg
Dimensions 20 × 13 × 5 cm