Mary Miller (Author)

Product Details

Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
May 21, 2019
5.4 X 1.1 X 8.4 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Mary Miller is the author of three previous books, including the story collection Always Happy Hour and the novel The Last Days of California. She is a former James A. Michener Fellow and John and RenΓ©e Grisham Writer-in-Residence. She lives in Oxford, Mississippi.


This is a story about second chances, the art of settling, and settling down. Mary Miller knows how to tell a simple story in a spectacular way. She is funny and peculiar and mysterious and wise.--Helen Ellis, author of Southern Lady Code and American Housewife
If Lorrie Moore's wicked sense of humor and Ernest Hemingway's minimalism had a love-child that love-child would be Mary Miller's Biloxi. Get ready to fall in love with cantankerous Louis McDonald Jr, a singular character as surprised by life as he is surprising. This book is a winner.--Hannah Pittard, author of Visible Empire
Mary Miller's new novel is a marvel, a deliberate, careful rendering of the slipping-away life of a sixty year old man who discovers, after more than his share of loneliness, desire and calamity, that there is always, after all, the wonder of hope.--Frederick Barthelme
This novel about a man and his dog is also about unexpected connections and the strange turns life can take.... Writing with insight and wit, Miller is both unsparing and sympathetic.... Miller's deliciously engaging, gently quirky, surprisingly hopeful novel seals her spot in the pantheon of Southern fiction writers.--Kirkus Reviews [starred review]
As disagreeable and contrary as they come, Louis is a narrator readers will want to throttle with equal urgency, sometimes simultaneously. Delightful at sentence-level, this is foremost the story of his sluggish-but-sure metamorphosis.... Miller, an absolute master of minutiae, relates Louis' innermost self with poignancy and humor that never sacrifice an ounce of realism.--Annie Bostrom, Booklist (starred review)
Excellent... A witty, insightful exploration of masculinity and self-worth... In Louis, Miller captures the insecurities of an imperfect man beyond his prime as he tries to find his purpose in the world, and the result is a charming and terrific novel.