All My Mother's Lovers


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Dutton Books
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.14 pounds

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About the Author

Ilana Masad is a fiction writer, essayist, and book critic whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Paris Review, NPR, BuzzFeed, Catapult, StoryQuarterly, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, as well as several others. All My Mother's Lovers is Masad's debut novel.


"Ilana Masad's All My Mother's Lovers is a stunning excavation of the profound destabilization of grief, the secrets that twist like vines around the root system of a family, and the terror and grace of learning to be vulnerable before others. Maggie and Iris, the daughter and mother that sit at this novel's heart, are both indelible, with a bond that not even death can demolish. A giant-hearted and sharply funny debut."
--Laura van den Berg, author of The Third Hotel

"This ambitious, deft, compassionate debut novel finds eternal truths in a very contemporary story: that even those we care for most remain mysteries to us, that our judgments of others' lives are always inadequate, that love demands heroism. Ilana Masad is an exciting talent."
--Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You and Cleanness

"Masad's impressive novel delves into varieties of that strange magic, love, and of its expansive, life-shaping possibilities. All My Mother's Lovers is a debut of rare and vital generosity."
--R.O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries

"In addition to writing fiction and nonfiction, Ilana Masad is one of the best contemporary book critics out there, and her debut novel is evidence that all that reading has done her good. (Brandon Taylor, author of the brand-new Real Life, called her a genius in a recent interview, so that tells you something... Brimming with enveloping writing, this is another don't-miss."
--Electric Literature

"This remarkable portrait of a daughter's opaque relationship with her mother reflects the strangeness and beauty of coming to see one's parent fully as a human being."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Ilana Masad's debut novel held my attention as early as its title, All My Mother's Lovers, which renders a wit and promise of complication that makes for exciting reading. . . . The narrative unfolds over a funeral and shiva and will tackle identity from many angles: the familial, the sexual, the repressed, the hopeful."
-Lit Hub, "Lit Hub's Most Anticipated Books of 2020"

"A tender portrait of a fraught relationship between a mother and her lesbian daughter. . . . Masad deftly navigates a bevy of difficult topics, and the result is a beautiful novel on grief, Jewish families, motherhood, queer identities, and more."

"Ilana Masad's debut is a queer tour de force. A tender look at love, relationships, motherhood, and how we oftentimes hurt the people we love most with our silence. Compelling and astonishing, All My Mother's Lovers is a novel with family dynamics at its heart. This book goes hard and does not disappoint. Masad is a writer on the rise."
--Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things

"An exciting fiction debut from a discerning and insightful book critic."

"A large hearted marvel."
--O, The Oprah Magazine, "31 LGBTQ Books That'll Change the Literary Landscape in 2020"

"[A] tender debut."
--Real Simple

"All My Mother's Lovers is an absolutely beautiful novel from Ilana Masad."

"This book is on literally every anticipated book list for 2020 and for good reason."
--Paper Mag

"This is a book that takes an unflinching look at sexuality and its role in our lives: how it builds bridges, burns them, and changes how others view us and how we relate to others. For some, it even changes the trajectory of their lives."
--Lilith Magazine