"Dear Readers: This is one wild book! . . . No holds barred." --Margaret Atwood via Twitter
"Mind-blowing. Equal parts brilliant and hilarious." --Heather O'Neill, bestselling author of The Lonely Hearts Hotel
and Lullabies for Little Criminals From the critically acclaimed author of Bunny, a darkly funny novel about a theatre professor suffering chronic pain who, in the process of staging a troubled production of Shakespeare's most maligned play, suddenly and miraculously recovers.
Miranda Fitch's life is a waking nightmare. The accident that ended her burgeoning acting career left her with excruciating, chronic back pain, a failed marriage, and a deepening dependence on painkillers. And now she's on the verge of losing her job as a college theater director. Determined to put on Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well
, the play that promised, and cost, her everything, she faces a mutinous cast hell-bent on staging Macbeth
instead. Miranda sees her chance at redemption slip through her fingers.
That's when she meets three strange benefactors who have an eerie knowledge of Miranda's past and a tantalizing promise for her future: one where the show goes on, her rebellious students get what's coming to them, and the invisible, doubted pain that's kept her from the spotlight is made known.
With prose Margaret Atwood has described as "no punches pulled, no hilarities dodged . . . genius," Mona Awad has concocted her most potent, subversive novel yet. All's Well
is the story of a woman at her breaking point and a formidable, piercingly funny indictment of our collective refusal to witness and believe female pain.
About the Author
MONA AWAD is the author of Bunny and 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize that won the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, the Colorado Book Award, and an Honorable Mention from the Arab American Book Awards. It was also longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. The recipient of an MFA in Fiction from Brown University and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Denver, she has published work in TIME, VICE, The New York Times Magazine, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. She currently lives in Boston.