A Good Man


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Penguin Books
Publish Date
5.1 X 7.7 X 0.7 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author

Ani Katz is a writer, photographer, and teacher. She was born and raised on the South Shore of Long Island, New York, and holds an MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago and a BA from Yale. She lives in Brooklyn.


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"[An] ingenious slow burn."
--Entertainment Weekly "Your Complete Guide to the Season's Best Page-Turners"

"Powerful and unsettling...Produces in the reader a sense of foreboding that builds with ever-increasing intensity to the inevitable and brutal climax...[A] masterly first novel."
--Publishers Weekly *starred review*

"As she expertly builds a growing sense of dread, Katz creates an unsettling atmosphere of paranoia, fear, and rage, hinting at the catastrophe to come through ominous comparisons to the tragic operas Thomas loves. This is the sort of relentless novel you can't put down even when you're afraid to read what happens next. An unnerving and absorbing exploration of modern masculinity and how the seeds of violence are sown."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Chillingly good...Katz has delivered a whip-smart, beautifully written meditation on marriage, masculinity and hte thin line between happiness and disaster."

"A mature and wicked debut...Evokes Highsmith's Ripley, or Denise Mina's The Long Drop, and heralds the entry of a fantastic new voice to the genre."

"Simulataneously nightmarish and utterly compelling...A masterful, suspenseful tale told by an ultimate unreliable narrator."
--Booklist *starred review*

"Sordidly gripping."
--The Guardian

"A Good Man's exploration of masculinity in a world of instability makes it a timely read."
--Vanity Fair

"Highly impressive...A striking modern tale of violence, sexual abuse and vindictiveness."
--The Independent

"Ani Katz is a brilliant writer. I sat down to read A Good Man and didn't move until I'd finished it. This is a spellbinding work of psychologically potent art. I can't wait to read what she does next. I loved this book."
--Caroline Kepnes, author of You

"Katz draws a life in its most delicate lines, then destroys it. And this is a story you won't forget."
--Nico Walker, New York Times bestselling author of Cherry

"A Good Man slinks into the dark heart of a ripped-from-the-headlines crime fueled by toxic masculinity. As in Leila Slimani's The Perfect Nanny, the slow unpeeling-- layer by layer-- of the conventions of sanity left me breathless, saddened, and spooked."
--Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet and June

"A profoundly disturbing and deeply unsettling story of a man struggling to reconcile himself with the horrifying act he has committed. Katz deftly embodies her narrator, giving voice to his self-serving recreation of the past and presenting him as he sees himself: a provider, a protector, a patriarch. Richly drawn and laced through with dread, this bold novel is an unflinching examination of what it means to be a man, and how easily a man can become a monster."
--Kathleen Barber, author of Are You Sleeping

"Surprising, daring, and thrilling to read."
--Flynn Berry, author of Under the Harrow and A Double Life

"Gripping, sly, and ferociously intelligent. I couldn't put it down."
--Jennifer duBois, author of Cartwheel and The Spectators

"A Good Man will hold you in its creeping spell from the first lyrical line to the bitter, bitter end. As the narrator's tale of selfless, industrious striving on his family's behalf unravels, you'll be too caught up to look away from the ugly business of a 'good man' bringing himself and the others around him down. Ani Katz's debut is a gorgeously written, profound examination of contemporary masculinity and its potentially lethal side effects."
--Laura Sims, author of Looker