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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.54 X 0.7 X 8.3 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Lydia Millet was raised in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of Omnivores, has contributed to The Baffler and The Guardian, and her work appears in Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, an anthology of essays by women. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and New York City.


Millet's prose, which is both sensitive and strange... creates a thick atmosphere that immediately pulls the reader deep into this saga of love, death, sex, and taxidermy.
Millet is simply an incredible writer. Her prose displays the exceedingly rare combination of philosophical introspection with poetic grace and flourish.--Nicholas Mancusi
...[W]arm, moving, funny, earnest, hopeful, honest, and engaged in a way at odds with current literary fashion...Millet's lush prose has you in her thrall from the start.--Jenny Hendrix
[A] novel of ideas or philosophy, disguised as a portrait of one woman's midlife upheaval.--Laura Miller
Starred review. [An] elegant meditation on death and what it means to be alone, even you're not... A dazzling prose stylist, Millet elevates her story[, ] ...exploring grief and love as though they were animals to be stuffed, burrowing in deep and scooping out the innermost layers.
... draws a detailed map of the healing process of an adulterous wife who suddenly finds herself a widow.... The deeply honest, beautiful meditations on love, grief and guilt give way to a curlicued comic-romantic mystery complete with a secret basement and assorted eccentrics.
Starred review. [A] refreshingly buoyant and unsentimental tale...Millet's spare but powerful prose...calls to mind the work of J. M. Coetzee.--Jeff Ayres