Beautyland

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Product Details

Price
$28.00  $26.04
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date
Pages
336
Dimensions
5.6 X 7.7 X 2.0 inches | 0.95 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780374109288

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About the Author

Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of Parakeet, 2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas, and the story collection Safe as Houses. She was the 2017 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellow in Cork, Ireland. She has received the O. Henry Prize, the Pushcart Prize, the Iowa Short Fiction Award, the Mississippi Review Prize, and fellowships from MacDowell, Sewanee, and New York City's Center for Fiction, and her work has twice been featured on NPR's Selected Shorts. She teaches creative writing at New York University and Yale University and lives in Brooklyn.

Reviews

"[A] remarkable funny-sad novel . . . Astonishing . . . This is the kind of humor that made Seinfeld millions, and Bertino does pathos, too."
--Alexandra Jacobs, The New York Times

"[The] kind of fiction that, in its pitch-perfect encapsulation of reality, functions to help us mourn the distance between the world we want and the world as it is . . . Bertino has given us a novel about our very real, very human longing for connection with one another."
--Shayne Terry, Chicago Review of Books

"Wry, melancholy, utterly bewitching . . . Deftly blurring the line between reality and metaphor to create a work of exquisite beauty, joyfully off-kilter humor, and aching sorrow, Beautyland, and Adina's lonesome journey, will fill and then shatter your heart."
--Dan Sheehan, Literary Hub

"[Beautyland] is interested in the charged terrain of uncertainty and the tender ideas that emerge when we poke at the unknown . . . From this gorgeous data of existence, Bertino taps into a particular nostalgic awe familiar to a generation of kids raised on Carl Sagan and inflatable lunchroom planetariums . . . [Adina] continues to hope for something beyond humanity, something better, and what could be more human than that?"
--Hilary Leichter, BOMB

"Wise, lyrical, and unwaveringly original . . . A tender coming-of-age story, an imaginative thought experiment, and a moving depiction of the pain and power that come with being an outsider."
--Rachel Simon, Shondaland

"Gorgeous . . . Surely one of the most charming novels I've ever read."
--Thomas Morris, Electric Literature

"Poignant and funny."
--Sophia June, Nylon

"Bertino casts her wry and empathetic eye on the wider universe . . . render[ing]the world in new and unexpected ways."
--Jennifer Bort Yacovissi, Washington Independent Review of Books

"[An] excavation of the strange and wonderful and heart-wrenching realities of what it means to be alive down here on Earth . . . In Beautyland, that which is wonky and uncanny reveals itself in the familiar details of everyday life . . . This is where the sorcery lives . . . When Bertino writes of magic, of science fiction, of the surreal, she is writing of reality."
--Madison Ford, Brooklyn Rail

"An astonishing book about what it means to be human (and alien) . . . Your heart needs it. Trust me."
--Mira Jacob, author of Good Talk (on Instagram)

"A singular novel with a singular protagonist who has a singular view of the world . . . Wonderfully quirky, funny, bittersweet. . . A very funny and empathetic book that unravels the contradictions, complexities, and weirdness of this thing we call life."
--Ian Mond, Locus Magazine

"A delightful but heart-wrenching story of womanhood, differentness, and trying to feel less alone."
--Steph Opitz, The Saturday Evening Post

"Adina's alien status might just be a metaphor, but the feelings of joy, pain, and loneliness that surround her as she moves through life as a human are as real as they get."
--Sam Franzini, Our Culture

"Moving . . . Beautyland offers no easy conclusions . . . but it works with increasing strength as a portrait of the weirdly widespread alienation of the 21st century."
--Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Review

"A compelling, touching story that weds Bertino's masterful eye for the poignant detail of the everyday with her equally virtuosic flair as a teller of the tallest kinds of tales--so tall, in this case, they are interplanetary. A heartbreaking book that staggers with both truth and beauty."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"The triumphant latest from Bertino offers a wryly comic critique of social conventions from the perspective of a woman who also happens to be an alien from another planet . . . Bertino nimbly portrays her protagonist's alienhood as both metaphor and reality. The results are divine."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Expertly imagination-bending . . . With so much humor and heart, Bertino balances fantasy and hyperrealism, metaphor and fact . . . It's like fiction was invented for Adina and her tale, which unspools so assuredly readers might mistake it for their own."
--Annie Bostrom, Booklist (starred review)

"Beautiful and refreshing and funny and heartbreaking, all at once."
--Erin Lyndal Martin, BookBrowse

"This book is endlessly surprising on the sentence level, but also as a story, and also in its tenderness. We might all need the unexpected love and perspective of a child alien at this point in human history. Beautyland is beautiful and hilarious and transcendent. It honestly feels like a message from another planet. Marie-Helene Bertino is an otherworldly talent."
--Tommy Orange, author of There, There

"In Beautyland, Marie-Helene Bertino's Adina (maybe an alien, maybe a troubled human, always both) takes the tired old world and describes it so perfectly that we see it as if for the first time. Sparkling and alive, funny and magnificently true, this book woke me up. It made me weep with appreciation for the hard, strange, small-but-huge lives we lead. It made me fall back in love with this universe."
--Ramona Ausubel, author of The Last Animal

"Beautyland is both an otherworldly and completely human look into one girl's life, written in concise, lyrical prose. It is richly allusive, funny, and hypersmart. Marie-Helene Bertino has knocked it out of the park with this one. I loved it."
--Brandon Hobson, author of The Removed

"Marie-Helene Bertino's delicious, uncanny vision throughout Beautyland makes everything feel brand-new. The chapters are so propulsive one doesn't even fully notice the way she's subtly deconstructing the world. One page swiftly returns ubiquity to wonder, while the next reminds us that cruelty is a choice, that nothing is inevitable but death. It's impossible for a book to feel this fun and this urgent. Beautyland is a miracle. I'll be rereading it forever."
--Kaveh Akbar, author of Martyr!