The votes are in! The winner of the 2022 Best Book of the Year is . . . Susie Newman, Author of “Eating Yellow Paint”!

Our three authors have already won in their categories at the EVVY Awards, but only one can claim our highest honor: Outskirts Press’s Best Book of the Year!

Selecting a favorite book is no small feat, and each of our authors’ works deserves to be recognized. Eating Yellow Paint, by Susie Newman; Survived By No One? My Story of Finding Hers, by Karen Spicer-Wolven; andThe Un-Diet, The Ultimate Mindset Journal to Living Beyond Diets, by Stacey Stedmanare our Top Three Finalists, and we are proud of them and their outstanding achievements.

Our authors have offered you their very best, and you’ve weighed your options and voted for your favorite book for this incredible distinction!

The winner of the 2022 Best Book of the Year award goes to: Eating Yellow Paint, by Susie Newman.

Eating Yellow Paint

Eating Yellow Paint by Susie Newman

About the book:

A Poignant Journey of Overcoming Grief and Finding Happiness

Fifteen-year-old Savannah Jorja Dale is a sensitive poet searching for happiness. Savannah and her siblings, Montana and Phoenix, all named for the places their drug-addicted mom would like to visit, are being raised by their Mimi. When Mimi dies of cancer, their lives become uprooted and more chaotic. The three teens must move in with their eccentric great-grandma, Granny Crackers, and pick trash to earn their keep. Granny Crackers runs a never-ending garage sale from the back lot of her house in a Midwestern, inner-city neighborhood known as Paris Village. Savannah seeks answers to her questions about suffering and God by finding beauty in ugly and unexpected places. She captures images of her new world and shares them on Instagram. The problems that Savannah faces are indicative of today’s social landscape. The characters that share her story have their own crosses to bear. Savannah tells their stories with compassion and understanding. The book touches on subject matter relevant in today’s world, such as sexual identity, racial discrimination, LGBTQ issues, immigration, poverty, the generation gap, the opioid crisis, and many other timely topics.

About the Author

Susie Newman

Susie Newman

Susie Newman is married and the mother of four children. She lives in Westerville, Ohio. Susie is the author of two other books: Diaries, a collection of short stories, and the novel Lost Souls Cafe.

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