Open Throat by Henry Hoke

Open Throat by Henry Hoke

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A queer and dangerously hungry mountain lion narrates this fever dream of a novel, carrying us on a universal journey through a wondrous and menacing modern day L.A.

'A slim jewel of a novel . . . Open Throat is what fiction should be.' The New York Times Book Review

'A blinding spotlight beam of a book that I was completely unable and unwilling to put down.' Catherine Lacey, author of Pew

I've never eaten a person but today I might . . . A lonely, lovable, queer mountain lion lives in the drought-devastated land under the Hollywood sign.

Lonely and fascinated by the voices around them, the lion spends their days protecting a nearby homeless encampment, observing hikers complain about their trauma and, in quiet moments, grappling with the complexities of their own identity. When a man-made fire engulfs the encampment, the lion is forced from the hills down into the city the hikers call 'ellay'. As they confront a carousel of temptations and threats, the lion takes us on a tour that spans the cruel inequalities of Los Angeles.

But even when salvation finally seems within reach, they are forced to face down the ultimate question: do they want to eat a person, or become one?

Feral and vulnerable, profound and playful, Open Throat is a marvel of storytelling that brings the mythic to life.

Hardback / 176 pages