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Early Morning Riser

Katherine Heiny



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21 April 2021

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- I picked this up thinking I was going to while away a wet afternoon with a fluffy and inconsequential read, only to be thoroughly beguiled and charmed by a delightful tale with a lot of heart! Jane has moved to a small town in Michigan to take up a teaching job at the local primary school. She's 26 and a truly nice if somewhat socially awkward woman, and finds herself falling in love with Duncan, a man in his 40s - a charismatic, easy-going handyman-carpenter who has cheerfully and non-commitedly slept with nearly every woman in the district, and is still on call to his domineering supremely capable ex-wife Aggie. Despite that, Duncan has retained his reputation as a thoroughly good man, willing to help anyone and everyone, and no-one more than his offsider, the sweetly childish boy-man Jimmy Jellico, whose life becomes inextricably twined with theirs after tragedy strikes. Taking place over nearly twenty years, this is a novel with believable characters and situations that had me crying tears of laughter (a particularly hilarious scene at a petting zoo with Jane's young pupils) and a few quieter tears of sympathy, and was thoroughly satisfying!  Lindy

'Gorgeous. Very, very funny in a knowing wry way but so tender, so beautiful. I loved all the characters.' Marian Keyes 'Warm, witty, touching - and frequently hilarious' David Nicholls, author of Sweet Sorrow 'You put the book down and feel glad to be alive' India Knight, Sunday Times Jane easily falls in love with Duncan: he's charming, good-natured, and handsome. He has also slept with nearly every woman in Boyne City, Michigan.

Jane sees Duncan's old girlfriends everywhere - at restaurants, at the grocery store, even three towns away. While she may be able to come to terms with dating the world's most prolific seducer of women, she wishes she didn't have to share him quite so widely. His ex-wife, Aggie, still has Duncan mow her lawn. And his coworker Jimmy comes and goes from Duncan's apartment at the most inopportune times. Jane wonders how the relationship is supposed to work with all these people in it. But any notion Jane has of love and marriage changes with one tragic accident. Now her life is permanently intertwined with Duncan's, Aggie's, and Jimmy's, and she knows she will never have Duncan to herself. But is it possible that a deeper kind of happiness is right in front of her eyes?

A novel that is alternately bittersweet and laugh-out-loud funny, Early Morning Riser is Katherine Heiny's most astonishingly wonderful work to date.
By:   Katherine Heiny
Imprint:   HARPER360
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   340g
ISBN:   9780008395100
ISBN 10:   0008395101
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   21 April 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Katherine Heiny's fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Narrative,Glimmer Train, and many other places. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and children. This is her first book.

Reviews for Early Morning Riser

Praise for Early Morning Riser: 'Glorious. I love how it evokes the rhythm of life in all its joy and ordinariness and chaos. I loved the dialogue, the relationships. I love the one-liners, the humour, the gorgeous detail, the food, the innermost thoughts, and the love.' Nina Stibbe, author of Reasons to Be Cheerful 'Wise, sad and barkingly funny. Katherine Heiny writes brilliantly about what we mean by the word 'family' and her novel is loving without being soppy and warm without being cosy - I didn't want it to end' Lissa Evans, author of V for Victory 'Katherine Heiny's books feel like spending time with a smart, funny and beloved friend who always has a million interesting things to talk about but always wants to know about you, too. She is a charming and insightful and unique writer and Early Morning Riser is every bit as good as Standard Deviation, if not better' Lisa Jewell, author of Invisible Girl Praise for Standard Deviation: 'Not only one of the funniest books you will ever read, but true and poignant, too. Audra is one of the most memorable comic characters ever to leap from the pages of a book' Daily Mail 'I love this book. it reminds me slightly of my beloved Maria Semple and Norah Ephron' Nina Stibbe 'There is texture, intelligence, warmth and perspicacity that lifts it into the realms of Carol Shields or Curtis Sittenfeld. It plays in my head as a movie directed by Noah Baumbach or Nora Ephron ... I chuckled my way through Standard Deviation, but at times it made my heart ache' The Times 'I love Katherine Heiny's book and underlined so many funny observations that had me laughing out loud. Amazing' Emma Gannon

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