the earthquake room
In the near future, Oakland is haunted by natural disaster and political collapse. When k realizes that she has infected her girlfriend, bea, with a disease, she loses herself in a masochistic quest for atonement, leaving bea to contend with her fears about an increasingly precarious world by herself. Literary and adventurous, lyrical yet anchored, Davey Davis' work explores the meanings of responsibility, romantic love, and queer resistance in a late-capitalist hellscape where futurity is always in question.
204 pages, perfect bound softcover.
"Davis is an observant and meticulous writer [...] Their writing is both surgical and mystical"
—Alana Mohamed, Village Voice
"Davis’s ability to trace the reverberations of psychic damage through to the body, and into its encounters with other bodies, is especially remarkable."
—Laura Thorne, The Rumpus
"Intimate, taut, shimmery, and unflinching, the earthquake room crosses two cities, one bay, and a kind of queer love that feels like it's about to be lost forever. This is the very physical story of a nearby disaster, an urgent reminder that the (almost) end of the world doesn't mean what we feel for one another gets squared up—but rather that wanting to feel at all is how we survive.
— Melissa Gira Grant, Playing the Whore
Davey Davis’ writing is so intimate it’s uncomfortable, so certain that it’s incredibly anxious. the earthquake room is chock-full of satisfying paradoxes and nuanced complexities.
—Amber Dawn, author of How Poetry Saved My Life and Sub Rosa
the earthquake room is a beautifully written story about love, pain, fear, and friendship set against an apocalyptic moment that looks very much like our own. It's a romance at once dystopian and utopian, wrought with a miniaturist's skill and precision.
—Lydia Kiesling, author of The Golden State
Davey Davis writesabout culture, sexuality, technology, and genderqueer embodiment. Youcan find them on Twitter at @k8bushofficial.
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