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Interesting Facts about Space by Emily Austin
Contemporary fiction

Interesting Facts about Space

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by Emily Austin

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Follow one quirky, true crime-obsessed woman on a delightful, heartwarming journey of vulnerability and self-discovery.

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  • Illustrated icon, Icon_LGBTQ

    LGBTQ+ themes

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Quirky

    Quirky

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    LOL

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    Millennial

Synopsis

Enid is obsessed with space. She can tell you all about black holes and their ability to spaghettify you without batting an eye in fear. Her one major phobia? Bald men. But she tries to keep that one under wraps. When she’s not listening to her favorite true crime podcasts on a loop, she’s serially dating a rotation of women from dating apps. At the same time, she’s trying to forge a new relationship with her estranged half-sisters after the death of her absent father. When she unwittingly plunges into her first serious romantic entanglement, Enid starts to believe that someone is following her.

As her paranoia spirals out of control, Enid must contend with her mounting suspicion that something is seriously wrong with her. Because at the end of the day there’s only one person she can’t outrun—herself.

Brimming with quirky humor, charm, and heart, Interesting Facts about Space effortlessly shows us the power of revealing our secret shames, the most beautifully human parts of us all.

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Interesting Facts about Space

CHAPTER ONE

“The teenaged girl was brutally axed to death by her grandmother.”

A cashier is scanning my groceries. I have headphones in. My favorite true crime podcast is playing. I read the cashier’s lips. She asks, “How are you today?” while the podcast host simultaneously says, “They found the girl’s body in the old lady’s basement.

“I’m good, thanks, how are you?”

I put the divider between my groceries and the groceries belonging to the man behind me. I would hate to accidentally purchase his Vienna sausages, or worse—for him to get away with my tampons.

The podcast host explains that the teenager’s body was found decomposing in a Rubbermaid bin in her grandmother’s fruit cellar. Despite the rotting corpse, the grandmother continued to use the fruit cellar. Along with murder, the woman’s hobbies included canning. The body was found next to stacks of fruit preserves and pickled beets.

“Do you need bags?” the cashier asks.

“No, thank you, I brought my own.” I gesture to my tote bag.

The podcast host jokes, wondering if the grandmother ever considered pickling the dead body. I snort at the grotesque concept while the cashier kindly scans my boxed cake mix and Midol. Sometimes you have to joke about things like pickling murdered teenagers. It’s a coping mechanism. It takes the darkness out at the knees.

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Why I love it

I once took an astronomy class in college to fulfill a science requirement and, in the process, learned that “spaghettification” is a legitimate term used by serious people. This immediately convinced me that astronomers are the coolest people in the world, and interstellar knowledge has since been a surefire way to win my interest. Needless to say, I was easily sold on Interesting Facts about Space.

Space facts (while delivered) are only a small part of the wonder that is contained within Emily Austin’s new novel. Our protagonist, Enid, has very specific obsessions (space, true crime podcasts) along with very specific fears (bald men). We follow her hilarious inner monologue through her struggles of serial dating women on apps, bonding with her half-sisters, and the belief that she is being stalked (by a bald man, of course). As she starts to fall into her very first serious relationship and at the same time realizes her stalker might be all too real, Enid has to face the deep, dark inner voice that tells her she might be a bad person.

Interesting Facts about Space captured my heart with its gut-punching relatability, which made me laugh and cry in equal measure. The most poignant moments in the book come from Enid’s wonderfully nuanced relationships with the family and friends in her life as they help her confront her anxieties—and herself. An honest account of humanity’s messiest and most beautiful qualities, you’d be doing yourself a disservice passing this book over.

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Member ratings (5,319)

  • Nadia E.

    New Hope, MN

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 🖤🌌🖤 This book moved me. And there are some TRULY beautiful and realistic scenes that just give me butterflies. It was wonderful, and definitely worth your time if you like weird girls.

  • Natalie D.

    Mountain center, CA

    I love this book. It’s got the “quirky” main character without her being quirky but lovable or weird but…etc. I just found her to be herself. Weird. Relatable. Her friends and family are like mine

  • Meghan W.

    Omaha, NE

    I absolutely adore Emily Austin’s characters and writing style. I’m pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed this even more than Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead. I’ll read all her novels

  • Carrie N.

    Pittsburgh, PA

    Not my normal genre but couldn’t resist a queer, neurodivergent character with a hearing disability. It wasn’t what I expected (had more depth to it) & overall I really enjoyed it. Plus space facts!

  • amira c.

    Boise , ID

    this book was weird in the best way. It almost didn’t feel like I was reading it, but more so as it was my internal dialect that I find myself having often (not the bald men part though). I loved it.

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