Nothing to See Here
By Kevin Wilson
A New York Times Bestseller - A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick
Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, People, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, TIME, The A.V. Club, Buzzfeed, and PopSugar
"I can't believe how good this book is.... It's wholly original. It's also perfect.... Wilson writes with such a light touch.... The brilliance of the novel is] that it distracts you with these weirdo characters and mesmerizing and funny sentences and then hits you in a way you didn't see coming. You're laughing so hard you don't even realize that you've suddenly caught fire." --Taffy Brodesser-Akner, author of Fleishman is in Trouble, New York Times Book Review
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Family Fang, a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with a remarkable ability.
Lillian and Madison were unlikely roommates and yet inseparable friends at their elite boarding school. But then Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly in the wake of a scandal and they've barely spoken since. Until now, when Lillian gets a letter from Madison pleading for her help.
Madison's twin stepkids are moving in with her family and she wants Lillian to be their caretaker. However, there's a catch: the twins spontaneously combust when they get agitated, flames igniting from their skin in a startling but beautiful way. Lillian is convinced Madison is pulling her leg, but it's the truth.
Thinking of her dead-end life at home, the life that has consistently disappointed her, Lillian figures she has nothing to lose. Over the course of one humid, demanding summer, Lillian and the twins learn to trust each other--and stay cool--while also staying out of the way of Madison's buttoned-up politician husband. Surprised by her own ingenuity yet unused to the intense feelings of protectiveness she feels for them, Lillian ultimately begins to accept that she needs these strange children as much as they need her--urgently and fiercely. Couldn't this be the start of the amazing life she'd always hoped for?
With white-hot wit and a big, tender heart, Kevin Wilson has written his best book yet--a most unusual story of parental love.
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About the AuthorKevin Wilson is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Perfect Little World and The Family Fang, which was made into a film with Jason Bateman and Nicole Kidman. His story collection Tunneling to the Center of the Earth received an Alex Award from the American Library Association and the Shirley Jackson Award. Wilson teaches fiction at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife and two sons.
"Hands down my favorite book of the year."--Ann Patchett, Today
"These new stories of Wilson's are something else; they're funny, raw and beautiful."--Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air
"Wilson's deliciously breezy style reels you in and holds you tight."--Denver Post
"Breathtakingly wonderful."--Miami Herald
// Praise for PERFECT LITTLE WORLD--//
"A novel you keep reading for old-fashioned reasons--because it's a good story and you need to know what happens."--John Irving, The New York Times Book Review
// Praise for THE FAMILY FANG--//
"Winningly bizarre."--Vanity Fair
"Laugh out loud funny. I love the way Kevin Wilson writes."--Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winner
"Weird, funny, but also unexpectedly moving. . . . An affecting reflection on the blithe cruelty of the rich and what it means to be a good parent."--Buzzfeed
"Quirky and insightful, strange and delightful."--Popsugar
"I can't believe how good this book is. . . . Wholly original. It's also perfect. . . . Wilson writes with such a light touch. . . . That's the brilliance of the novel--that it distracts you with these weirdo characters and mesmerizing and funny sentences and then hits you in a way you didn't see coming."-- Taffy Brodesser-Akner, The New York Times Book Review
// Praise for BABY YOU'RE GONNA BE MINE--//
“There's hardly a sentence that feels like anything you've read before, that's how fresh his voice is. . . . Witty, confiding, breezily profane. . . . That the supernatural elements feel so right is a testament to Wilson's innate skill as a storyteller.”--Entertainment Weekly
“Wilson's latest is outlandish and laugh-out-loud funny.”--Parade
"A peculiar, entertaining and insightful book about the hazards of child-rearing and the value of friends."--People
"It's a giddily lunatic premise, one that author Kevin Wilson grounds with humor and deadpan matter-of-factness. . . . Wilson's observational humor is riotous in its specificity. . . . The writing dazzles. . . . But what dazzles most are the warmly rendered dynamics of an ad hoc, dysfunctional family that desperately wants to work."--USA Today
"[A] deadpan, hilarious modern fairy tale."--Newsday
A pleasing blend of tartness and tenderness. . . . . Wilson's ability to capture such tangled sentiments makes him a thoroughly engaging and appealing writer.--Boston Globe
Darkly funny yet quietly devastating. . . . Wilson crafts a stunning portrait of the push and pull of parenthood.--Time
Funny and even eerily beautiful. . . . It's the sweetness of this novel that will melt you.--NPR.org
Perennially weird and wonderful. . . . Wilson's portrayal of these fire children conveys more emotional truth about life with a difficult or neurodivergent kid than any of those parenting guides. . . . Funny and affecting.--Minneapolis Star Tribune
Kevin Wilson once again dazzles with a bizarre, comic, and heartbreaking tale. . . . A dryly comic, surreal phantasmagoria reminiscent of Kafka, Garcia-Marquez, and their heirs, from David Foster Wallace to Karen Russell.--Chapter 16