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Mostly Dead Things

Kristen Arnett

8 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A New York Times Bestseller

'This book is my song of the summer' Parul Sehgal, New York Times

Kristen Arnett's debut novel is a darkly funny, heart-wrenching, and eccentric look at loss and love.

'One of the strangest and funniest and most surprising first novels I've ever read' Karen Russell

'MOSTLY DEAD THINGS packs messed-up families, scandalous love affairs, art, life, death and the great state of Florida into one delicious, darkly funny package. Kristen Arnett is a wickedly talented and a wholly original voice' Jami Attenberg

'There's a gunslinger cool to every sentence . . . Kristen Arnett is the queen of Florida' Alexander Chee

One morning, Jessa-Lynn Morton walks into the family taxidermy shop to find that her father has died by suicide, right there on one of the metal tables. Shocked and grieving, Jessa steps up to manage the failing business, while the rest of the Morton family crumbles. Her mother starts sneaking into the shop to make aggressively lewd art with the taxidermied animals. Her brother Milo withdraws, struggling to function. And Brynn, Milo's wife, walks out without a word. As Jessa seeks out less-than-legal ways of generating income, her mother's art escalates - and the Mortons reach a tipping point. For the first time, Jessa has no choice but to learn who these people truly are and ultimately how she fits alongside them.

Kristen Arnett's debut novel is a darkly funny, heart-wrenching, and eccentric look at loss and love.

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Praise for Mostly Dead Things

  • This book is my song of the summer - New York Times

  • Hilarious, deeply morbid and full of heart - BuzzFeed

  • The novel explores love, life and death and is guaranteed to keep you gripped throughout - Mirror

  • The writing is subtle and meditative, with the tactile weight of dense fur - The New Yorker

  • A dark and oftentimes comedic tale of love and loss - Evening Standard

  • A gorgeously twisted story - Vanity Fair

  • Wonderful - Guardian

  • Florida's literary renaissance charges onward with this heartfelt, one-of-a-kind novel - Esquire

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