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Mostly Dead Things

Mostly Dead Things

‘Messed-up families, scandalous love affairs, art, life, death and the great state of Florida in 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 the Florida no one has ever told you about‘ Alexander Chee

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

One Florida morning, Jessa-Lynn Morton walks into her family’s taxidermy shop to find that her father has committed 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 falls apart.

Her mother decides to process her feelings by making aggressively lewd and increasingly disturbing art pieces with her dead husband’s taxidermied animals. Her brother withdraws and struggles to cope. His wife – who is also the only person Jessa has ever been in love with – walks out without a word. Meanwhile, numb with lack of sleep and too much alcohol, Jessa starts to seek less-than-legal ways of generating income to keep the shop afloat.

The Mortons have reached tipping point. But for the first time, Jessa has no choice but to learn who these people she calls family truly are and, ultimately, how she fits alongside them.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 7th November 2019

Price: £14.99

ISBN-13: 9781472155429

Reviews

A dark and oftentimes comedic tale of love and loss
Evening Standard
This book is my song of the summer
Parul Sehgal, New York Times
Florida's literary renaissance charges onward with this heartfelt, one-of-a-kind novel
Esquire
I don't think I've ever read a novel like it . . . Kristen Arnett is the queen of the Florida no one has ever told you about
Alexander Chee
Messed-up families, scandalous love affairs, art, life, death and the great state of Florida in one delicious, darkly funny package. Kristen Arnett is wickedly talented and a wholly original voice
Jami Attenberg
Hilarious, deeply morbid and full of heart
BuzzFeed
The writing is subtle and meditative, with the tactile weight of dense fur
The New Yorker
Wonderful
Esmé Weijun Wang, Guardian
A gorgeously twisted story
Vanity Fair
The novel explores love, life and death and is guaranteed to keep you gripped throughout
Mirror