The Most Beautiful Rot
The Most Beautiful Rot is a secret peek into the backyards and living rooms of young queer America. It a testament to the act of digging through the bleakness of everyday life to find something beautiful growing underneath, something that you were expecting. This book is also about overflowing dumpsters, stupid men, catastrophic illness, hot queer make-outs, and a compost pile gone horribly wrong. about solidarity, kale, girl love, and the families we make when our other families leave us behind.
The story is narrated by four housemates. First we meet Tabitha, the youngest, newest housemate who's super-excited to have discovered this new way of life, until she discovers something untoward in the compost pile. She tries to seek revenge, but even that goes awry. Next, the focus is turned over to Xandria, our reformed crusty who's wrestling with some ghosts from her past that won't stop haunting her. Jasmine takes over the narration next with her dreamy, poetic style that culminates in a shocking and devastating revelation. Lydia carries us towards the end with her sassy productivity, towards the change that threatens to tear their family apart.
The Most Beautiful Rot is sassy, funny, heartbreaking, devastating, surprising and revelatory. It loves you back. It wants you to take it home and hang out with your other books. Don't make it sad, buy a copy!
What other people are saying about The Most Beautiful Rot:
Ocean Capewell's The Most Beautiful Rot is a whirlwind trip into the lives of queer punks who've come together building friendship, family, home, and one hell of a compost pile. Capewell's storytelling is gritty and intoxicating The Most Beautiful Rot is a must-read for anyone who's ever called a punk house home! -Sassafras Lowrey, editor of Kicked Out, author of Roving Pack.
Ocean's first novel vividly captures the delicate moments between youth and adulthood, where the magnificence of our struggle for survival as young, oft-silenced queers is what keeps us going. The Most Beautiful Rot is a rare glimpse into the patchwork homes and fierce friendships of girls, punks, and misfits creating magic in hard times. -Maranda Elizabeth, author of Telegram: 27 Issues and Ragdoll House