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Publisher Description

The celebrated New York Times Bestseller

A Best Book of the Year pick at the New York Times, NPR, The New Yorker, TIME, Washington Post, Oprahmag.com, Thrillist, Shelf Awareness, Good Housekeeping and more.

What does it take to come back to life? For Jessa-Lynn Morton, the question is not an abstract one. In the wake of her father’s suicide, Jessa has stepped up to manage his failing taxidermy business while the rest of the Morton family crumbles. Her mother starts sneaking into the taxidermy shop to make provocative animal art, while her brother, Milo, withdraws. And Brynn, Milo’s wife—and the only person Jessa’s ever been in love with—walks out without a word. It’s not until the Mortons reach a tipping point that a string of unexpected incidents begins to open up surprising possibilities and second chances. But will they be enough to salvage this family, to help them find their way back to one another? Kristen Arnett’s breakout bestseller is a darkly funny family portrait; a peculiar, bighearted look at love and loss and the ways we live through them together.

Fiction & Literature
April 21
Tin House Books
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Hippolove1 ,

Perfect American 21st Century Modernism

This novel is entirely visceral. It makes demands on sensory perception and tells a story that is both deeply emotional and very detached.
Maybe we all could stand not to be taking anti-depressants anymore and just feel.

Caryn15381 ,

Hype gone wild

Although well written, it was a struggle to get through. I could not love any of the characters. Her descriptions of places and people literally repulsed me (good writing terrible reading); “yeasty smelly breath with sugared donut skin,” the house was dark and dirty and dingy with dead animals and broken furniture. I wanted to like this book but I hated it. The two stars are only for the writing.

M022286 ,

Mostly Dead Reading

Highly disappointed. Had potential but missed the mark for me.

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