- MP3 CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio; Unabridged MP3CD edition (4 June 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1982671602
- ISBN-13: 978-1982671600
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 77.1 g
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"Mostly Dead Things is one of the strangest and funniest and most surprising first novels I've ever read."-- "Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author"
"Set in a richly rendered Florida and filled with delightfully wry prose and bracing honesty, Arnett's novel introduces a keenly skillful author with imagination and insight to spare."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"Kristen Arnett is the queen of the Florida no one has ever told you about, and on every page she brings it to a steely and vivid life."-- "Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel"
"The action flips from the past to the present, swimming through first love and first grief on a slick of red Kool-Aid and vodka, suntan oil and fruity lip gloss, easy and unforced. This book is my song of the summer."-- "New York Times"
"Hilarious, deeply morbid, and full of heart."-- "BuzzFeed"
"A celebration of the strangeness of life and love and loss, all of it as murky as a Florida swamp but beautiful in its wildness."-- "Nylon"
"Arnett brings all of Florida's strangeness to life through the lens of a family snowed under with grief."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
About the Author
Kristen Arnett is a queer fiction and essay writer. She won the 2017 Coil Book Award for her debut short fiction collection, Felt in the Jaw, and was awarded Ninth Letter's 2015 Literary Award in Fiction. She is a columnist for Literary Hub, and her work has either appeared or is upcoming in numerous literary publications.
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Certainly, the writing has a strong voice, the characters come to life, and there are a number of Very Good Lines (which I won't quote to avoid spoilers).
Be warned, though, that this book is not an upper. I'm not saying anything one way or the other about the ending, but the main character spends most chapters with her stomach tied in miserable knots of longing, grief, regret, and self-doubt. If you want to know how she deals with that, go for it, but if you're looking for some cheerful escapism, you might try elsewhere.
Jessa is difficult to like. She is too raw, too much, and the reader tumbles into her life without insulation, exposed to the live wire of loss that is threaded throughout her experiences. Even as I wanted to take her by the shoulders and shake some sense into her, there was a strong desire to shelter her and protect her fragile shell from further damage.
If you enjoy reading stories involving complicated family dynamics and don't mind a little roadkill with your fresh-squeezed orange juice, definitely add this one to your reading list.