Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett audiobook

Mostly Dead Things

By Kristen Arnett
Read by Jesse Vilinsky

10.48 Hours 06/04/2019 Unabridged
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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.

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Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

An Esquire Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2019

A Boston Globe Pick of Books We Can't Wait to Read

A Huffington Post Pick of 2019 Books We're Looking Forward To

A BuzzFeed Books Pick of 2019 Books to Keep on Your Radar

A Bustle Pick of 2019's Books to Add to Your Reading LIst

A Literary Hub Pick of the Week

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Mostly Dead Things is one of the strangest and funniest and most surprising first novels I’ve ever read.” Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author
“The action flips from the past to the present, swimming through first love and first grief on a slick of red Kool-Aid and vodka, suntan oil and fruity lip gloss, easy and unforced. This book is my song of the summer.” New York Times
“The central characters in this sad and funny book are recognizable not as easily boxed, felonious stereotypes but as complex, flesh-and-blood human beings…[Arnett] gets many things right in this first novel: the feeling of being trapped and vulnerable within one’s own family.” Washington Post
“Hilarious, deeply morbid, and full of heart.” BuzzFeed
“A celebration of the strangeness of life and love and loss, all of it as murky as a Florida swamp but beautiful in its wildness.” Nylon
“Arnett brings all of Florida’s strangeness to life through the lens of a family snowed under with grief.” Kirkus Reviews
“Set in a richly rendered Florida and filled with delightfully wry prose and bracing honesty, Arnett’s novel introduces a keenly skillful author with imagination and insight to spare.” Publishers Weekly
“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

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Author

Author Bio: Kristen Arnett

Author Bio: Kristen Arnett

Kristen Arnett is a queer fiction and essay writer. She won the 2017 Coil Book Award for her debut short fiction collection, Felt in the Jaw, and was awarded Ninth Letter’s 2015 Literary Award in Fiction. She is a columnist for Literary Hub, and her work has either appeared or is upcoming in numerous literary publications.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 10.48
Audience: Adult
Language: English