Jeffrey Cranor and Janina Matthewson
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War is over and peace reigns. Families aren’t allowed anymore, nor any kind of tribe; emotional detachment guarantees enduring peace. Indifference and disconnection are acts of patriotism. This could all work—except, as loner and rebel Miriam discovers, where real people are involved. And where the powers that be have something much more sinister in the works.
You Feel It Just Below the Ribs carves out a dystopian realm of chilling indifference and aching humanness. It’s not clear what’s real, who’s honest—even whether you can trust what you’re reading on the page. Jeffrey Cranor and Janina Matthewson’s first novel together draws on their shared worlds of written and audio fiction. As co-creator of the hugely successful book and podcast Welcome to Night Vale, Jeffrey Cranor knows the delicious immersion of the senses made possible by intricately detailed, fully fleshed alternative worlds. Janina Matthewson’s lauded novel Of Things Gone Astray celebrated the sudden oddness of an everyday world with the disappearance of just one thing.
Together, Cranor and Matthewson wove a universe of sound and mystery, with their podcast Within The Wires. You Feel It Just Below the Ribs is their first novel together—a tale of rebellion against a backdrop of emotional death. Early reviews call it “haunting,” “thought-provoking,” and “a quiet wonder of a book.” Join us as Kepler’s welcomes and celebrates these two exceptional talents!