Gretchen Felker-Martin presents Cuckoo, in conversation with Grace Byron

June 13th
McNally Jackson Seaport
4 Fulton St.
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From the acclaimed author of Manhunt comes a vicious new novel about a group of teens who must stay true to themselves while in a conversion camp from hell.

"Cuckoo is, like Felker-Martin's previous novel Manhunt, absolutely masterful. It is gory and horrifying and brash. It is a parable slicked with blood and viscera. It is a condemnation of the ways the world tries to force queer people to become shadows of themselves by abandoning who they are. This book will leave you gasping and yearning, and it will stay on your mind long after you turn the last page." —Roxane Gay, author of The Bad Feminist

Something evil is buried deep in the desert. It wants your body. It wears your skin.

In the summer of 1995, seven queer kids abandoned by their parents at a remote conversion camp came face to face with it. They survived—but at Camp Resolution, everybody leaves a different person. Sixteen years later, only the scarred and broken survivors of that terrible summer can put an end to the horror before it's too late. The fate of the world depends on it.

"Cuckoo is a cry of grief and rage and, at its heart, a tribute to the queers who cup their hands around the guttering flame of hope and refuse to let it die. Brutal, relentless, terrifying, startlingly beautiful—I dare you to put this novel down.” —Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties

"Cuckoo is a breathtaking novel of body horror; a heartbreaking, angry, terrifying, unflinching indictment of Christian America's cruelty; and it's a soaring, boundless ode to queer survival. It's flat-out mesmerizing." —Paul Tremblay, author of The Pallbearers Club

Gretchen Felker-Martin is a Massachusetts-based horror author and film critic. Her debut novel, Manhunt, was named the #1 Best Book of 2022 by Vulture, and was one of the Best Horror Novels of 2022 by Esquire, Library Journal, and Paste. You can follow her work on Twitter and read her fiction and film criticism on Patreon and in TIME, The Outline, Nylon, and more.




Grace Byron is a writer from the Midwest based in Queens. Her writing has appeared in The Cut, Vogue, Bookforum, The Baffler, Joyland, and other outlets. Find her @emotrophywife.




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