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"A riveting queer novel, YES, DADDY takes a critical look at the way power imbalances play out in relationships."
—Electric Literature, "27 Debuts to Look Forward to in the First Half of 2021"
"[An] emotionally complex debut . . . both erotic and chilling."
"Jonathan Parks-Ramage has written an incredibly tender, yet fearless, novel that reminds us of what it means to err, to be forgiven, to forgive, and to live. YES, DADDY is a gem of a debut."
—De'Shawn Charles Winslow, author of In West Mills
"A queer gothic thriller you can't afford to miss."
"An unnerving examination of the relationship between Jonah, a young writer struggling in New York City, and Richard, an incredibly wealthy, much-lauded middle-aged playwright . . . In Yes, Daddy, Parks-Ramage deftly hops among multiple genres to spin an unsettling tale of abuse, betrayal, and atonement."
—Public Libraries Online
"Parks-Ramage suffuses his narrative with a rich atmosphere, somewhere between the Gothic and The Great Gatsby, all while horrors await Jonah just under the surface of his lover’s lavish estate."
The debut novel from Jonathan Parks-Ramage.
A propulsive, scorching modern gothic, Yes, Daddy follows an ambitious young man who is lured by an older, successful playwright into a dizzying world of wealth and an idyllic Hamptons home where things take a nightmarish turn.
PRAISE FOR YES, DADDY
"Jonathan Parks-Ramage has written a gut-churning, heart-wrenching, blockbuster of a first novel. Deeply queer and deeply human, it is a book that describes what it means to be broken apart in trauma and grief and what it takes to be painfully, carefully stitched back together again. Parks-Ramage is an extraordinary new talent and YES, DADDY is truly something special."
—Kristen Arnett, New York Times bestselling author of Mostly Dead Things
"YES, DADDY is a deeply humane, complex account of public and private trauma in the age of fake news. Ultimately, this is a story of redemption in an era when grace seems impossible. Deeply familiar yet always surprising and--most important--well-written, this is a superb debut."
—Garrard Conley, New York Times bestselling author of Boy Erased
"Empathetic . . . A story that offers all extremes, from verisimilitude to despair and from a lust for revenge to a longing for home. Fear settles over the reader as they wait for the next blow, making Jonah's story akin to that of the victim in Roxane Gay’s An Untamed State."
—Booklist, STARRED review
“A dark and aching account, where the treachery of powerful men preys on the bodies and minds of the young. The excesses of a Hamptons summer cannot cover up the truth of how greed and need birth abuses so visceral as to touch the surreal. Parks-Ramage takes a reader into the fiery, unblinking sights of a tortured beast.”
—Samantha Hunt, author of The Dark Dark
“Dark, twisted, and tightly plotted, YES, DADDY is a to-the-minute thriller about sex, violence, and power. Sure to disturb and enthrall, Jonathan Parks-Rampage's shocker of a debut was made for the screen and for our cultural moment.”
—Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, author of The Fact of a Body
"Jonathan Parks-Ramage’s dazzling novel YES, DADDY deftly uses desire and violence to explode the allure of New York power gays. Yet Parks-Ramage has more on his mind than a rarefied milieu; as YES, DADDY reaches its virtuosic conclusion, it’s his bruised narrator’s journey to redemption that elevates the book to a kind of ecstasy. A piercing new addition to the contemporary queer canon."
—Sam Lansky, author of Broken People
"A heart-racing and heartbreaking thriller."
—Goodreads, "9 Books that Goodreads Editors Highly Recommend"
"This is a knockout debut, one of the most exciting of the year. Will it make you uncomfortable? Yes, Daddy. Should you still absolutely read it? Yes, Daddy."
—The Advocate, "The 5 Most Exciting LGBTQ+ Debut Books to Read This Summer"
"Its exploration of power dynamics, exploitation, abuse, spiritual trauma—and the complexity of it all, while filtered through fiction, isn’t timely as much as it’s evergreen—especially for folks in the queer community."