‘Gorgeous. Very, very funny in a knowing wry way but so tender, so beautiful. I loved all the characters.’ Marian Keyes
‘Warm, witty, touching – and frequently hilarious’ David Nicholls, author of Sweet Sorrow
‘You put the book down and feel glad to be alive’ India Knight, Sunday Times
Jane easily falls in love with Duncan: he's charming, good-natured, and handsome. He has also slept with nearly every woman in Boyne City, Michigan.
Jane sees Duncan's old girlfriends everywhere – at restaurants, at the grocery store, even three towns away. While she may be able to come to terms with dating the world's most prolific seducer of women, she wishes she didn't have to share him quite so widely. His ex-wife, Aggie, still has Duncan mow her lawn. And his coworker Jimmy comes and goes from Duncan's apartment at the most inopportune times. Jane wonders how the relationship is supposed to work with all these people in it. But any notion Jane has of love and marriage changes with one tragic accident. Now her life is permanently intertwined with Duncan's, Aggie's, and Jimmy's, and she knows she will never have Duncan to herself. But is it possible that a deeper kind of happiness is right in front of her eyes?
A novel that is alternately bittersweet and laugh-out-loud funny, Early Morning Riser is Katherine Heiny's most astonishingly wonderful work to date.
Praise for Early Morning Riser:
‘Gorgeous. Very, very funny, but so tender, so beautiful. I loved all the characters, I cared deeply’ Marian Keyes, author of Grown Ups
‘Glorious. I love how it evokes the rhythm of life in all its joy and ordinariness and chaos. I loved the dialogue, the relationships. I love the one-liners, the humour, the gorgeous detail, the food, the innermost thoughts, and the love.’ Nina Stibbe, author of Reasons to Be Cheerful
‘Charming and tender, an offbeat and original gem that cracks your heart wide open’ Pandora Sykes, author of How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right?
'Wise, sad and barkingly funny. Katherine Heiny writes brilliantly about what we mean by the word 'family' and her novel is loving without being soppy and warm without being cosy - I didn't want it to end’ Lissa Evans, author of V for Victory
‘Katherine Heiny’s books feel like spending time with a smart, funny and beloved friend who always has a million interesting things to talk about but always wants to know about you, too. She is a charming and insightful and unique writer and Early Morning Riser is every bit as good as Standard Deviation, if not better’ Lisa Jewell, author of Invisible Girl
Praise for Standard Deviation:
‘Not only one of the funniest books you will ever read, but true and poignant, too. Audra is one of the most memorable comic characters ever to leap from the pages of a book’ Daily Mail
‘I love this book. it reminds me slightly of my beloved Maria Semple and Norah Ephron’ Nina Stibbe
‘There is texture, intelligence, warmth and perspicacity that lifts it into the realms of Carol Shields or Curtis Sittenfeld. It plays in my head as a movie directed by Noah Baumbach or Nora Ephron … I chuckled my way through Standard Deviation, but at times it made my heart ache’ The Times
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In her follow-up to 2017’s widely lauded Standard Deviation, Katherine Heiny charts with humour and insight the way our sense of community, family and romance can transform over time. We meet Jane at 26. A teacher, she has recently moved to a small city in Michigan where everyone seems to know everyone—and, in the case of her new, older boyfriend, have slept with everyone. Heiny sketches this world with a deft touch, following Jane over almost two decades of joy, unfulfilled expectation, love and tragedy. Eccentric supporting characters—the mandolin-obsessed best friend, the frustratingly still-in-the-picture ex-wife—feel three-dimensional and endearing, even as she makes the most of their considerable comic potential. All the better to draw us in.
Sounded better in the NYT review
American. Short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Narrative, Glimmer Train etc. Published a collection of stories, Single, Carefree, Mellow (2015) then her debut novel Standard Deviation (2017). This is her sophomore effort.
Twenty-something female schoolteacher moves to Boyne City, Michigan, a town of less than 4000 inhabitants on Lake Charlevoix, and duly falls for a charming, good-natured, good looking 42-year-old who has bonked just about every chick in town but managed to remain on good terms with them all. That includes his ex-wife and her new hubby! The time line of the novel spans 20 years, documenting small town life and an unusual yet satisfactory relationship.
Third person narrative from our gal’s POV. Not much plot action, character development reasonable, I suppose, at least the female ones. Dialogue mildly amusing at times, snooze fest at others. About 100 pages too long IMHO.
The review in the NYT made this book sound better than chick lit at the dull end of the spectrum. It wasn’t. Maybe the reviewer had the Director’s Cut.