Emet North

In Universes

In Universes


'An explosion of creative beauty and heart . . . a massively talented writer arriving ready to awe' NANA KWAME ADJEI-BRENYAH, author of CHAIN-GANG ALL-STARS

'Dazzling and inventive . . . a breathtaking introduction to a brilliant new voice' DANIELLE EVANS, author of THE OFFICE OF HISTORICAL CORRECTIONS

'A soul-stirring debut' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY


Raffi is a physicist who spends their days removing stars from pictures of the night sky, dreaming about parallel universes. In this one, they’re falling for a queer sculptor named Britt who they almost met when they were kids – if only they’d had the courage to say hello.

What if Raffi had said hello? The question catapults Raffi across alternate universes, each an answer to the question of what their life might be like if things had happened just a little differently.

Each universe is beautiful and dangerous for Raffi. Where apocalyptic landscapes teem with bears, mothers fracture into hordes of animals, and glistening sandcastles stand tall enough to live inside. Across them all, Raffi searches for a life that feels their own. But everything eventually leads them back to Britt: the girl they loved and lost.

IN UNIVERSES is a kaleidoscopic and tender navigation of love, queerness and belonging that bursts with imagination and hope.