Meet Marianne Kirby, author of YA LGBT dark-fantasy horror Dust Bath Revival, 2 December at 18:30-20:00, at Wordier Than Thou, 5741 75th Ave. N, Pinellas Park, Florida 33781 and 3 December at 13:00-15:00, at Writer’s Atelier, 336 Grove Ave, Winter Park, Florida 32789
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.
Marianne Kirby writes about bodies both real and imagined. She plays with the liminal space between vanishing and visibility: she thinks the things that go bump in the night need to spend some time in the sun.
A long-time writer, editor, and activist, Marianne is a frequent contributor to women’s interest publications, news outlets, and tv shows that require people to have opinions. She has been published by the Guardian, xoJane, the Daily Dot, Bitch Magazine, Time, and others. She has appeared on tv and radio programs ranging from the Dr. Phil Show to Radio New Zealand.
Marianne was born in Florida and returned there because Florida Weird calls to its own. She has briefly escaped again but is already plotting her eventual winter migration.
This is her first novel.