Grant Palmquist writes strange stuff. That is a compliment. In Feral Beauty we have a mixture of a predictable story at first, then a surprising twist, then an occult story. The writing is so good that even the predictable part is good because it is well written.
“More than anything, Stephanie Zeller wanted to be beautiful. Eighteen years of ugliness had worn her out.” (loc 47). With those two first lines, the predictable part provokes our expectations. Of course, she will not have a boyfriend. Charlie Hubbard talks to her but Stephanie is confident it is out of pity. For these two we don’t even think of sex. They don’t. Neither has experienced a first kiss, forget about the bases.