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Happy Book Birthday To WHAT WE HARVEST By Ann Fraistat!

Ann Fraistat’s highly anticipated debut, a YA horror titled WHAT WE HARVEST, is out today from Random House/Delacorte!



For fans of Wilder Girls comes a nightmarish debut guaranteed to keep you up through the night, about an idyllic small town poisoned by its past, and one girl who must fight the strange disease that’s slowly claiming everyone she loves.

Wren owes everything she has to her hometown, Hollow’s End, a centuries-old, picture-perfect slice of America. Tourists travel miles to marvel at its miracle crops, including the shimmering, iridescent wheat of Wren’s family’s farm. At least, they did. Until five months ago.

That’s when the Quicksilver blight first surfaced, poisoning the farms of Hollow’s End one by one. It began by consuming the crops, thick silver sludge bleeding from the earth. Next were the animals. Infected livestock and wild creatures staggered off into the woods by day—only to return at night, their eyes fogged white, leering from the trees.

Then the blight came for the neighbors.

Wren is among the last locals standing, and the blight has finally come for her, too. Now the only one she can turn to is her ex, Derek, the last person she wants to call. They haven’t spoken in months, but Wren and Derek still have one thing in common: Hollow’s End means everything to them. Only, there’s much they don’t know about their hometown and its celebrated miracle crops. And they’re about to discover that miracles aren’t free.

Their ancestors have an awful lot to pay for, and Wren and Derek are the only ones left to settle old debts.


“A vivid and engrossing horror-tinged tale of magic and corrosive family secrets” —Kirkus

“Fraistat’s debut is richly detailed and pulsing with harrowing suspense…Recommend to fans of Rory Power’s Wilder Girls or Claire Legrand’s Sawkill Girls. ­ This atmospheric tale of zombies and rotting legacies is riveting.” —School Library Journal

“Dazzling and dreadful. What We Harvest grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let go.” —Erin A. Craig, New York Times bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows

Wilder Girls’ successor is finally here—and it’s eerier and more atmospheric than any reader could hope for!” —Laura Graveline, Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX

WHAT WE HARVEST is also an ABA Indies Introduce pick, and it’s been shortlisted for the Barnes & Noble Children’s & YA Book Awards!



TOR.COM shared an excerpt of WHAT WE HARVEST and later included it in their “New Young Adult SFF Books Arriving in March” roundup.


PUBLISHERS WEEKLY included WHAT WE HARVEST in their “New and Forthcoming Titles: Women’s Empowerment and Girl-Power” round up, and also shared indie booksellers’ most anticipated which included WHAT WE HARVEST.

GIZMODO included WHAT WE HARVEST on their list of “63 sci-fi and fantasy books to read this month”.

PASTE included WHAT WE HARVEST in their March Most Anticipated list.

THE NERD DAILY will share a Q&A from Ann Fraistat.

PENGUIN TEEN CANADA will share a Q&A from Ann Fraistat!


Ann Fraistat is an author, playwright, and narrative designer. Her co-author credits include plays such as Romeo & Juliet: Choose Your Own Ending, and alternate reality games sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Born and raised in Maryland, Ann lives with her husband and ever-adorable cats, Ollie and Sophie. What We Harvest is her debut novel.


Congratulations, Ann, from all of us at Team M&O! Purchase the book from Penguin Random House, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Bookshop.org, Target, or your local indie!

Check out Ann’s website for more on her and her books (she has another YA horror upcoming!). Follow her on Twitter and Instagram too!