Crissy Van Meter
Los Angeles writer Crissy Van Meter’s novel, Creatures (Algonquin) invites readers to contemplate what it means to “grieve, to love, to experience love informed by grief, and to love someone who isn’t always good.”
“Creatures is the kind of beautiful book that makes you want to lick the salt from its pages. It's so physically present you can feel the waves hit your body, smell the sea life, hear the roar of the ocean as your hair whips around your face in the breeze. Crissy Van Meter has written a book about the complexities of love and families, yes, but it's also a careful look at intimacy through the lens of a person learning and relearning how to love the people who continually let us down. It's inventive and surprising. The text is tactile; a punch to the heart. It’s one of the best novels I've read this year.” —Kristin Arnett.