My First Book (Hardcover)

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A Most Anticipated Book of 2024 by Good Morning America and LitHub

From groundbreaking debut author Honor Levy, stories to delight and ensnare

Walking the wire between imagination and confession, My First Book marks the arrival of an electric new talent. Honor Levy’s uniquely riveting voice emerges from the chaos of coming of age in Generation Z. Never far from a digital interface, her characters grapple with formative political, existential, and romantic experiences in a web-drenched society on the brink of collapse.

Inventive, ambitious, and frequently surreal, the stories of My First Book are a mirrorball onto the world as it is. Levy illuminates what it is to be at once adorable, special, heavily medicated, consistently panicked, and completely sincere. One protagonist accompanies a girl with too many teeth through an abortion, while another discovers the infinite nature of love, a third reminisces about other sunsets that were “pinker, like way pinker,” and another encounters God in a downtown arcade.  To find and keep faith is the order of the day—but how?

About the Author

Honor Levy is a writer from California. She graduated from Bennington College in 2020. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and New York Tyrant and been anthologized in Flash Fiction America.

Praise For…

Most anticipated by Good Morning America, LitHub, and W

“Experimental and creative . . . A fascinating take on Gen Z life, lived online.” —Booklist

“Crackling debut collection . . . Levy shines when capturing her characters’ existential dread . . . Levy announces herself as an astute interpreter of Zoomer culture.” Publishers Weekly

“This book defies definition . . . Oddly exquisite.” Kirkus (starred review)

My First Book manages to somehow be based, redpilled, woke, cringe, and, above all else, brilliant all at the same time. (And if you’re not a zoomer, it’ll define some of that terminally online vocabulary for you.) Finally, my generation has a voice to be proud of.” —Brock Colyar, winner of the American Society of Magazine Editors Next Award
“Fractal stories from the eschatological present, told in a strange, new, manic, and flarfy voice that I trust and endorse.” —Tao Lin, author of Leave Society
“Nobody writes like Honor Levy. My First Book is brutal and feminine, dreamlike and fantastic. I relished every word.” —Cat Marnell, author of How To Murder Your Life

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593656532
ISBN-10: 0593656539
Publisher: Penguin Press
Publication Date: May 14th, 2024
Pages: 224
Language: English