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"Whittall's knockout novel is a multigenerational riot of grrrlhood and womanhood, a brisk and wistful tour through the ambivalence of responsibility."--Oprah Daily

"TheSpectacular is an homage to womanhood, motherhood, sexuality, and queerness as it chronicles the lives of three ferociously strong protagonists who are wildly different from one another."--Associated Press

"Zoe Whittall's taut novel The Spectacular has all the trappings to become the season's dishiest read. It's also a gem of literary fiction. . . . In Whittall's smart and capable hands, these unconventional women are given the space to experience their full, complicated lives."--BookPage

"An occasionally melancholy often darkly comedic story from a sharply talented writer, The Spectacular is a vibrant homage to living life on your own terms."--PureWow

"Whittall addresses motherhood and autonomy in ways I've never seen done before. A fascinating stunner of a novel, The Spectacular is exactly that: spectacular!"--Kristen Arnett, author of With Teeth

"This book will leave you with a brilliant roar inside your chest--Whittall's prose is afire with the most complex and daring forms of empathy."--Alissa Nutting, author of Made for Love

"Just imagine this book dog-eared, spine-cracked, pages limp from use, living by your bedside--because from the moment you open The Spectacular, you'll happily succumb to a totally absorbing contemporary epic with characters and social worlds that are Edith Wharton-level dimensional but as relatable as your own uncannily recognizable self."--Jordy Rosenberg, author of Confessions of the Fox

"This is a novel about how we learn to define who we are, about the courage to make decisions nobody will understand, and about the profound complexities of maternal ambivalence. Both expansive and intimate, wild and tender, I loved it."--Ashley Audrain, author of The Push

"A daring and beautiful examination of motherhood, The Spectacular left me breathless."--Robin Wasserman, author of Mother Daughter Widow Wife

"Both raw and refined, The Spectacular is an insightful, poignant exploration of family and relationships from one of my favorite writers working today. A multigenerational story that's fully alive."--Iain Reid, author of I'm Thinking of Ending Things

"Fearless, challenging, epic--these are all words I have been using to describe The Spectacular. Fiction often teaches us truths, and The Spectacular does just that, laying bare the ways in which women are defined and the ways in which women can define themselves."--Jen Sookfong Lee, author of The Conjoined

About the Author

Zoe Whittall is the author of three previous novels, including the Giller-shortlisted TheBest Kind of People, the Lambda-winning Holding Still for As Long As Possible, and her debut, Bottle Rocket Hearts. She has published three collections of poetry: The Best TenMinutes of Your Life, Precordial Thump, and The Emily Valentine Poems. She is also a Canadian Screen Award-winning TV and film writer, with credits on the Baroness vonSketch Show, Schitt's Creek, Degrassi, and others.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ballantine Books (14 September 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1524799416
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1524799410
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.48 x 3.05 x 21.67 cm
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Zoe Whittall's latest novel, The Spectacular, is forthcoming in September of 2021. She is the author of three previous works of literary fiction, including the Giller-shortlisted The Best Kind of People, Lamda-winning Holding Still for as Long as Possible, and debut Bottle Rocket Hearts. She has published three collections of poetry, The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life, Precordial Thump, and The Emily Valentine Poems. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Cosmonauts Ave, The Believer, The Cut, The Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail and more. She is also a Canadian Screen Award-winning TV and film writer, with credits on The Baroness Von Sketch Show, Schitt’s Creek, Degrassi and others.

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