Hestia Strikes a Match
Christine Grillo (Author)
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 18, 2023
5.71 X 8.44 X 1.33 inches | 1.06 pounds
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About the Author
Christine Grillo is a writer and an editor whose short fiction has appeared in StoryQuarterly, The Southern Review, and LIT Magazine. Her nonfiction covers food systems, agriculture, and climate change, and has been published in outlets such as The New York Times, CityLab, Audubon, NextTribe, and Real Simple. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland
"Witty . . . Imaginative."
--Becky Meloan, The Washington Post
--Allison Cho, Booklist "Quick-witted and big-hearted . . . [Hestia] sparkles with humor."
--Jaclyn Fulwood, Shelf Awareness "[A] clever satire of life in a divided country . . . Bridget Jones's Diary for the post-MAGA era."
--Publishers Weekly "[A] sharply observed and written tale."
--Kirkus Reviews "Christine Grillo's debut novel is a wry look at our it-could-happen-here dis-Union, one that might just remind us all to take ourselves, and our arguments, less seriously. Great fun."
--Alice McDermott, author of What About the Baby? "Warning: Do not pick up Hestia Strikes a Match without clearing your calendar. I could not put down this pitch-perfect dark comedy. I fell in love, and so will you."
--Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year "Hestia Strikes a Match made me laugh out loud and tear up at the same time, as it combines wry satire with a moving story of how we form bonds of love and friend-ship even as the world around us is crumbling. Hestia is everything I could wish for in a character--quirky, smart, infuriating, broken, wise, and funny as hell."
--Angie Kim, author of Miracle Creek "Astonishing. Intense. Funny. Smart. There are so many things to root for here. Will America win? Will Hestia ﬁnd her match? Will the dear members of Hestia's community survive? Hestia Strikes a Match is the novel I didn't know I needed. I loved it."
--Jessica Francis Kane, author of Rules for Visiting "Extremely wise and deeply funny, this debut gives us a riotously irreverent, eﬀortlessly ﬁrecracking pair of Socratic dialogues: one between generations debating how to ﬁnd love or whether to seek it at all, and the other between citizens trying to ﬁgure out how to save their country."
--Carlene Bauer, author of Girls They Write Songs About "A rom-com about the ups and downs of dating, but it's set during the next American civil war in the very near future. Right?! This very funny, very sad and sweet, and very Baltimore book is about ﬁnding connection in a world where everything has been turned inside out. Sound familiar? Just read it: it's wonderful, it's relevant, it's so good."
--Amber Sparks, author of And I Do Not Forgive You