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
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.
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