Now Is Not the Time to Panic


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Ecco Press
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5.51 X 8.35 X 1.1 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Kevin Wilson is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Nothing to See Here, which was a Read with Jenna book club selection; The Family Fang, which was adapted into an acclaimed film starring Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman; and Perfect Little World; as well as the story collections Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award; and Baby, You're Gonna Be Mine. His fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Southern Review, One Story, A Public Space, and Best American Short Stories. He lives in Sewanee, Tennessee, with his wife and two sons.


"This is a wildly funny, wonderfully sincere -- and a little bit devastating -- story of art, our limitless past, future nostalgia and all those perfectly imperfect ways we continually come of age. Kevin Wilson's books are so full of heart. They're utterly indelible." -- Courtney Summers, Washington Post

"Wilson has developed a story that is a precise capture of adolescence and of two vibrant teens whose everyday dilemmas, weaknesses, and triumphs are utterly endearing . . . Crisp dialogue and [a] zipping story line." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Full of compassion and gentle humor, this is a wise and winning novel about how youth haunts and defines us." -- Esquire

It's the kind of book your cool English literature teacher would recommend when you showed an interest in writing, the type of coming-of-age story that would have been equally destined for a banned books list and a summer reading list. -- Vulture

"Kevin Wilson's Now Is Not the Time to Panic (Ecco) has the feel of a long-gestating work: a novel about creativity and childhood that seems as though its author has been mulling it since his own youth. It bears the markers of Wilson's style--cleverly cute without tipping over into saccharine territory....Though the book has an earnest heart, it's colored by Wilson's appealingly offbeat prose, so that even the most straightforward coming-of-age moments have a funky freshness." -- Vogue

"Kevin Wilson once again deploys his customary humorous, off-center storytelling to artfully delve into deeper mat-ters...[his] deceptively transparent prose, with a touch of humor, a dash of satire and a good bit of insight, carries the reader to a humane and satisfying conclusion." -- BookPage (starred review)

"[A] bighearted novel." -- Vanity Fair

"[T]he latest glorious novel from Kevin Wilson. Now is Not the Time to Panic is about oddballs and misfits; it's about art, and how the making of art turns what's weird about you into what's magical about you." --

"Wilson's latest novel shows us again that he is at the top of his game, infusing this coming-of-age tale with his trademark sharp wit and deep understanding of love and the uncertainty that comes with fading youth." -- Chicago Review of Books

"What Wilson so eloquently captures is that unique time in one's life when one small gesture of artistic self-expression -- a madcap sentence about living on the fringes and embracing your eccentricities, come what may -- really does have the power to change the world, or at least your perception of it." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"[Wilson's] most emotionally nuanced and profoundly empathetic novel yet. . . . Wilson meaningfully crafts formed characters, allowing his work to register as a universal document of teenage turmoil as blessedly compassionate as it is cunning. Highly recommended as a sincere, sometimes brutal, but always sturdy study of the burden of both art and adolescence and a wonderfully evocative treatise on how we imprint ourselves on the world and learn to survive in that tumultuous wake." -- Library Journal