One of Time's 100 Must-Read Books of 2022
An Oprah Daily Favorite Book of 2022
A Publishers Weekly Best Novel of 2022
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2022
A stunning new novel from the author of A Children’s Bible, a National Book Award finalist and one of the New York Times' 10 Best Books of 2020.
Over twelve novels and two collections Lydia Millet has emerged as a major American novelist. Hailed as "a writer without limits" (Karen Russell) and "a stone-cold genius" (Jenny Offill), Millet makes fiction that vividly evokes the ties between people and other animals and the crisis of extinction.
Her exquisite new novel is the story of a man named Gil who walks from New York to Arizona to recover from a failed love. After he arrives, new neighbors move into the glass-walled house next door and his life begins to mesh with theirs. In this warmly textured, drily funny, and philosophical account of Gil’s unexpected devotion to the family, Millet explores the uncanny territory where the self ends and community begins—what one person can do in a world beset by emergencies.
Dinosaurs is both sharp-edged and tender, an emotionally moving, intellectually resonant novel that asks: In the shadow of existential threat, where does hope live?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Prolific author Lydia Millet takes on lots of big life questions in this remarkably tender novel. Thanks to his family wealth, Gil has been able to focus on volunteer charity work…and his fascination with reptiles. Searching for a fresh start after a breakup, Gil moves from Manhattan to Phoenix, where he’s drawn into the quirky lives of his new neighbors, Ardis and Ted, who live in a house with a floor-to-ceiling glass wall. Millet’s wild imagination, snappy prose, and keen observations about personal growth and relationships are a total delight. As with her previous book, A Children’s Bible, her emotionally complex characters pull us right in. Fun and quick, the novel’s full of compelling musings about the meaning of life.
Pointless and Boring
This book is just chapter after chapter of various character and plot set-ups that don’t go anywhere. Pointless and boring, although the author clearly can write. Maybe fire the agent?