Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett audiobook

Mostly Dead Things

By Kristen Arnett
Read by Jesse Vilinsky

Blackstone Publishing 9781947793309


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Runtime: 10.48 Hours
Category: Fiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English



New York Times bestseller

A USA Today Pick for Celebrating Pride Month

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

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A Chicago Review of Books Pick of Best Books of 2019 So Far

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 Summer Audiobooks for Road-Tripping

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

Paste Magazine Pick of Best of the Month

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
“It’s funny, dark, complex and queer, with a lesbian protagonist in love with her brother’s wife.” USA Today
“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
“Narrator Jesse Vilinksky gives a wistful performance of Arnett’s debut novel…Vilinsky’s melancholy narration highlights the fact that Jessa is deeply depressed, a reality Jessa herself can’t acknowledge. Other characters, mostly members of the Morton family, are easily distinguishable, thanks to Vilinksy’s fully developed voices…She fully captures the emotional core of this story about family and the strange contours of grief.” AudioFile
“A family drama that’s as weirdly wonderful as it is captivating.” Paste
“Hilarious, deeply morbid, and full of heart.” BuzzFeed
“A bold, dark and profoundly comic novel about the nature of love, loss, and invention.” BookPage
“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’s vision of Florida as a creative swamp of well-meaning misfits and the sweet hopefulness of finding your way back to yourself through family.” Literary Hub
“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
“Jesse Vilinsky is able to narrate Jessa’s first-person account in a manner that lets readers know that Jessa has spent her life hiding her feelings. She fittingly adds bursts of emotion and a quivering quality to her voice but is able to keep her overall manner reserved. All of the characters have their own distinct voices, and when the narrative jumps between different time periods in Jessa’s life, Vilinsky alters her voice to reflect the appropriate age. Listeners who enjoy books about dysfunctional families and flawed characters will love this audiobook, but beware: while this book is not likely to frighten anyone, those who are squeamish about animal innards should be forewarned.” Booklist (audio review)
“A clever debut with a Florida setting that brings to mind writers such as Karen Russell and Lauren Groff.” Library Journal
“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 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 : Retail CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 10.48
Audience: Adult
Language: English