Quirk Books Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses
Quirk Books Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses

Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses

By Kristen O'Neal

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Publication Date: January 12, 2021

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Ages 14 And Up, Grades 9 And Up

Teen Wolf meets Emergency Contact in this debut young adult novel about friendship and the hairy side of chronic illness.

Priya worked hard to pursue her premed dreams at Stanford, but a diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease during her sophomore year sends her back to her loving but overbearing family in New Jersey—and leaves her wondering if she’ll ever be able to return to the way things were. Thankfully she has her online pen pal, Brigid, and the rest of the members of “oof ouch my bones,” a virtual support group that meets on Discord to crack jokes and vent about their own chronic illnesses.

When Brigid suddenly goes offline, Priya does something out of character: she steals the family car and drives to Pennsylvania to check on Brigid. Priya isn’t sure what to expect, but it isn’t the horrifying creature that’s shut in the basement. With Brigid nowhere to be found, Priya begins to puzzle together an impossible but obvious truth: the creature might be a werewolf—and the werewolf might be Brigid. As Brigid’s unique condition worsens, their friendship will be deepened and challenged in unexpected ways, forcing them to reckon with their own ideas of what it means to be normal.

A sharply observed, hilarious, and heartwarming novel of best friendship and chronic illness, Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses explores what it means to come of age when your life gets derailed by a diagnosis – whether it’s of the textbook or spellbook variety.

About the Author

Kristen O’Neal is a freelance writer who has written for sites like Buzzfeed Reader, Christianity Today, Birth.Movies.Death, LitHub, and Electric Literature. She lives on the internet. You can find her at @Kristen_ONeal on Twitter and kristenoneal on Tumblr. Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses is her first novel.

Author Residence: New York, NY

Author Hometown: Dallas, TX

Format: Hardcover

Length: 320 pages

Publisher: Quirk Books

Publication Date: January 12, 2021

ISBN: 9781683692348

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