“Sparkling…Eli’s quest is not unlike Ahab’s, and Shields writes with piercing insight about the monsters that keep us from connecting with one another in this funny and wise first novel.”—Booklist

“The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac is deeply strange and strangely moving. Like Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, it demands and rewards surrender.”—Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls and Bridge of Sighs

“I’ve never read a stranger and more beautiful meditation on familial love and guilt than this novel. Plus, baby-snatching eagles, sea monsters, sasquatches, unicorns, octopus grandmas, and ghosts. Sharma Shields is my favorite weirdo in American letters.”—J. Robert Lennon, author of Familiar and See You in Paradise

“This novel hunted me, tore out my heart, and left it by the side of a dark fairy-tale road. The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac is the most startling and beautiful book I’ve read all year.”—Kate Bernheimer, author of How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales


“With her trademark mix of humor and darkness, Sharma Shields weaves one man’s childhood trauma into a weird and wonderful fairytale. Brimming with flesh-and-blood characters, deft prose, and astonishing insights into love and family, The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac is a novel you’ll retain like a beautiful memory; you’ll run your fingers over it whenever you pass your bookshelf. Truly a tour de force.”—Diana Spechler, author of Who by Fire and Skinny

“What a wonderful world Sharma Shields has created in The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac, this epic of Northwest weirdness, this tense, funny tale of obsession, this terrific introduction to her fierce and inventive talent.”—Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins and We Live in Water

“Besides being weird, fantastic and surprising, the stories in Favorite Monster are flat-out fun. Always a halfstep ahead of the reader, Sharma Shields dares us to follow her through the twisted mazes of her dark rides, tantalizing us with just enough shocks so that when we come out the other side, we immediately want to go again.”—Stewart O’Nan, author of Songs for the Missing and The Odds