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A. S. King (1) (1970–)

Author of Please Ignore Vera Dietz

For other authors named A. S. King, see the disambiguation page.

A. S. King (1) has been aliased into Amy Sarig King.

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About the Author

Image credit: Author A.S. King at the 2016 Texas Book Festival. By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=53004238

Works by A. S. King

Works have been aliased into Amy Sarig King.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz (2010) 1,143 copies
Ask the Passengers (2012) 809 copies
Everybody Sees the Ants (2011) 750 copies
Reality Boy (2013) 526 copies
The Dust of 100 Dogs (2009) 467 copies
Dig (2019) 396 copies
Still Life with Tornado (2016) 366 copies
I Crawl Through It (2015) 219 copies
Switch (2021) 119 copies
The Collectors: Stories (2023) — Editor — 25 copies
Monica Never Shuts Up (2012) 20 copies

Associated Works

Works have been aliased into Amy Sarig King.


2011 (25) 2013 (25) abuse (61) alcoholism (43) bullying (95) censorship (28) coming of age (74) contemporary (56) death (77) ebook (47) family (110) family relationships (25) fantasy (54) feminism (25) fiction (301) friendship (95) grief (46) high school (75) lgbt (29) LGBTQ (42) love (33) magical realism (110) mystery (29) own (30) pirates (55) read (34) realistic (26) realistic fiction (73) reality tv (28) reincarnation (30) romance (30) secrets (44) small town (26) suicide (30) teen (55) to-read (898) Vietnam War (34) YA (325) young adult (374) young adult fiction (52)

Common Knowledge



YA, teen girl comes out as Lesbian in Name that Book (July 2015)


It's been awhile since a book has made me cry, but boy oh boy, this one had me leaking happy and sad and frustrated and painful tears all over the place.
deborahee | 58 other reviews | Feb 23, 2024 |
No one writes complicated, real teenagers quite like A.S. King. Her books impress and delight me each time.
deborahee | 20 other reviews | Feb 23, 2024 |
People are SLEEPING on King's novels. Especially this one. As ever, her books are weird and wonderful and hardhitting and heartfelt and just GOOD. "Dig" is both noticeably King but also unlike any of her other books. This one tackles a big sprawling family, a family with ancestors who were potato farmers, and a whole lot of the dirty issues that come with secrets, prejudices, teenage-hood, privilege, selling weed, anxiety, and finding purpose. It sounds like a lot, and in many ways it is. The narrative bounces back a forth between a pretty big cast of characters, but the glorious bit is that these characters are fascinating. Not always good, decent characters, but ones who feel real and relatable. If you like your books with a big dose of surrealism and plenty of depth (and a poem about worms), "Dig" is a must-read.… (more)
deborahee | 20 other reviews | Feb 23, 2024 |
A collection of stories about collections and collectors, real and imaginary, tangible and metaphorical.


I loved rules and systems - as long as I was in control of them. My imagination was the place where I had the most power. Hour after hour, I was asked to conform to the world, and as a result I searched out all the small ways I could make the world conform to me. ("Take It From Me," David Levithan, 60)

Knowing the things you shouldn't do, and then not doing them: That's what love requires, doesn't it? Even as a junior in high school, I sensed this was true. Love was both closeness and an agreement to never take advantage of that closeness. (75)

She hated the way she never acted on or said the things that came to her mind. The way she always pushed them down, ate her words and policed her own actions. ("Ring of Fire," Jenny Torres Sanchez, 89)

I don't want to kill; I just want to get out safe. ("La Concha," e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, 165)

"Can't you see how beautiful it is to be honest?" ("We Are Looking for Home," A.S. Kng, 213)

We pledge allegiance to the flag of whatever gets us out of this. (223)
… (more)
JennyArch | 1 other review | Jan 29, 2024 |



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