9th Ave: Kristen Arnett and Esmé Weijun Wang

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 7:30pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave. location.

Kristen Arnett discusses her new novel, Mostly Dead Things with Esmé Weijun Wang.

Praise for Mostly Dead Things

Mostly Dead Things is one of the strangest and funniest and most surprising first novels I’ve ever read. A love letter to Florida and to family, to half-lit swamps and the 7/11, and to the beasts that only pretend to hold their poses inside us. In Kristen Arnett’s expert hands, taxidermy becomes a language to capture our species’ impossible and contradictory desire to be held and to be free.”- Karen Russell, author of SWAMPLANDIA!

“If Heather Lewis and Joy Williams had a child it might be this―I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel like it. There’s a gunslinger cool to every sentence, like someone is telling you the last story they’ll ever tell you. 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

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 wickedly talented and a wholly original voice”- Jami Attenberg, author of ALL GROWN UP

About Mostly Dead Things

One morning, Jessa-Lynn Morton walks into the family 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 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―and the only person Jessa’s ever been in love with―walks out without a word. As Jessa seeks out less-than-legal ways of generating income, her mother’s art escalates―picture a figure of her dead husband and a stuffed buffalo in an uncomfortably sexual pose―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.

 

Mostly Dead Things Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781947793309
Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Tin House Books - June 4th, 2019

A New York Times Bestseller
A Best Book of 2019 at The New York Times Book Review, TIME, Washington Post, OprahMag.com, and more.

"This book is my song of the summer." —Parul Sehgal, The New York Times


The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978273
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 5th, 2019

Powerful, affecting essays on mental illness, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Whiting Award


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