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The Spirit Bares Its Teeth

By Andrew Joseph White
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Publisher Description

A Stonewall Honor Book in Young Adult Literature!

A blood-soaked and nauseating triumph that cuts like a scalpel and reads like your darkest nightmare.

New York Times bestselling author Andrew Joseph White returns with the transgressive gothic horror of our time!

Mors vincit omnia. Death conquers all.

London, 1883. The Veil between the living and dead has thinned. Violet-eyed mediums commune with spirits under the watchful eye of the Royal Speaker Society, and sixteen-year-old trans, autistic Silas Bell would rather rip out his violet eyes than become an obedient Speaker wife.

After a failed attempt to escape an arranged marriage, Silas is diagnosed with Veil sickness—a mysterious disease sending violet-eyed women into madness—and shipped away to Braxton’s Finishing School and Sanitorium. When the ghosts of missing students start begging Silas for help, he decides to reach into Braxton’s innards and expose its guts to the world—so long as the school doesn’t break him first.

Featuring an autistic trans protagonist in a historical setting, Andrew Joseph White’s much-anticipated sophomore novel does not back down from exposing the violence of the patriarchy and the harm inflicted on trans youth who are forced into conformity.

A Stonewall Honor Book in Young Adult Literature
A Chicago Public Library 'Best of the Best' Book
A Locus Award Finalist
A Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book of the Year
A BCCB Blue Ribbon Book!
A Booklist Editors’ Choice
A Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year!
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

268 Reviews

Beautifully writtenSuspensefulDark settingDarkHeartbreakingAbuseMisogyny
Anxious Face with sweat
Descriptive writingOriginal writingSuspensefulDark settingComing of ageDarkHeartbreakingThought-provokingAbuseMisogyny
Believable charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenSuspensefulDark settingDarkBigotryMisogynySexual assault
Anxious Face with sweat“I can’t believe this book is YA. It explores such dark and adult themes. It was very well written and the story was intense and had me on the edge of my seat. I was nervous I wouldn’t like it at first because there was a lot of talk about gore, graphic self harm, and surgery all in the first chapter. I’m glad I stuck through it though because of the story. I absolutely loved Silas and Daphne and just want the best for them after everything they went through. I highly recommend this book if you can stomach the gore.”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenFast-pacedSuspensefulTwistyUnpredictableDark settingDark

About Andrew Joseph White

Andrew Joseph White is a queer, trans author from Virginia, where he grew up falling in love with monsters and wishing he could be one too. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University in 2022  and has a habit of cuddling random street cats. Andrew writes about trans kids with claws and fangs, and what happens when they bite back.

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