by Michelle Ruiz Keil
Michelle Ruiz Keil's YA fantasy debut about love, found family, and healing is an ode to post-punk San Francisco through the eyes of a Mexican-American girl.
Seventeen-year-old Xochi is alone in San Francisco, running from her painful past: the mother who abandoned her, the man who betrayed her. Then one day, she meets Pallas, a precocious twelve-year-old who lives with her rockstar family in one of the city's storybook Victorians. Xochi accepts a position as Pallas's live-in governess and quickly finds her place in the girl's tight-knit household, which operates on a free-love philosophy and easy warmth despite the band's growing fame.
But on the night of the Vernal Equinox, as a concert afterparty rages in the house below, Xochi and Pallas perform a riot-grrrl ritual in good fun, accidentally summoning a pair of ancient beings bound to avenge the wrongs of Xochi's past. She would do anything to preserve her new life, but with the creatures determined to exact vengeance on those who've hurt her, no one is safe--not the family Xochi's chosen, nor the one she left behind.
"Keil's ambitious debut is jam-packed with twists and depth and froth and function . . . [this is] a book about embracing everything--people, lifestyles, beliefs, experiences--and, in so doing, finding your own distinct power." --The New York Times Book Review
"Michelle Ruiz Keil's strange but original premise gives fresh perspective to the ways pain and rage can manifest themselves as toxic elements that threaten a person's well-being and endanger those around them." -- NBC News
"In her debut novel, Michelle Ruiz Keil crafts a fantastical ode to the Golden City's postpunk era." --Entertainment Weekly
" All of Us with Wings is a decadent slice of post-punk rockstardom that will have you begging to stay at the party till sunrise. This gorgeous debut looks unflinchingly into often unexplored experiences of adolescence--abuse and addiction, lust and desire, found families and chosen homes--finding beauty and redemption even in the darkest places." --Tehlor Kay Mejia, author of We Set the Dark on Fire
About the Author:
Michelle Ruiz Keil is a writer and tarot reader with an eye for the enchanted and a way with animals. She is a 2020 Literary Lions Honoree and the recipient of a 2020 Hedgebrook residency. Her short fiction can be found in the anthologies Color outside the Lines and Dispatches from Anarres. A Bay Area native, Michelle has lived in Portland, Oregon, for many years. She curates the fairytale reading series All Kinds of Fur and lives with her family in a cottage where the forest meets the city.