Abbie Krupnick's debut novel: Holy, is unlike anything you've read.
On the surface, it's the story of Gus Stevens, a troubled youth who's finding his way through life. But then Krupnick sprinkles in some dark fantasy and a dollop of horror. Gus lives a double life - when he sleeps, he enters the Dream World, ruled over by an insane and egotistical magician. In the Waking World, a giant frost lizard stalks him everywhere he goes, looking to eat him whole. In order to regain control of his life, he must undergo a psychoanalytic exorcism, breaking away from everything he has ever thought was real.
Told from Gus's perspective, the novel discusses such issues as mental health and finding one's place in the world. Gus is an unreliable narrator: everything he experiences, he accepts as real (well, it is real, isn't it?) however, careful readers may pick up on subtle clues as to what's actually going on.
Holy is a tour de force by an exceptionally talented young author.