With Teeth


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$27.00  $25.11
Riverhead Books
Publish Date
6.3 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.06 pounds

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About the Author

Kristen Arnett is the author of the New York Times-bestselling novel Mostly Dead Things and the story collection Felt in the Jaw. A queer writer based in Florida, she has written for The New York Times, Guernica, BuzzFeed, McSweeney's, The Guardian, Salon, and elsewhere. She has been a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and a winner of the Ninth Letter Literary Award in Fiction and the Coil Book Award.



"Arnett [is] adept at staging sensuous tragicomedies against the often-freakish backdrop of Florida. . . . Come for the wackiness and wonder of queer family dynamics, stay for the poignant portrait of motherhood on the brink." --O: The Oprah Magazine

"Explosive." --The Inquirer (Philadelphia)

"Arnett paints a complex picture of a queer family in this well-sculpted drama. . . . prismlike prose [and] vividly rendered characters." --Publishers Weekly

"Arnett continues to create needed space for a genre one might call 'queer unromance.' . . . This book is equal parts Florida queer and fascinating." --Booklist

"Arnett writes movingly . . . . [She] deftly examines the psychological dynamics of a family, raising complicated questions about whether mothers can ever truly understand how to raise sons and whether our children, too often, are mirrors of our own worst tendencies." --Kirkus Reviews

"With Teeth is a wonderfully sticky novel about motherhood, partnership, sex, and love. Kristen Arnett lets her characters have the run of the place, and it's delicious fun to watch them do, say, and think things they'll regret." --Emma Straub, author of All Adults Here

"A darkly funny, brutally honest story about a woman undone by motherhood. Kristen Arnett grapples with the big questions: Is any child essentially unlovable? What does a happy ending look like? With Teeth digs in deep and doesn't let go. I truly loved it." --Jennifer Weiner, bestselling author of Mrs. Everything and That Summer

"From the very wise, very funny Kristen Arnett, With Teeth is as exhilaratingly candid as it is morally complex. Three cheers for this enthralling new book, which affirms my status as a card-carrying, rip-roaring, lifelong admirer of Arnett's writing." -- R.O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries

"With Teeth took me to a seedy Florida lesbian bar, handed me a flat beer with lipstick on the rim, and told me a story I couldn't walk away from even if I tried. An exquisitely unsettling, brilliantly layered, darkly funny novel that'll make you question your own perceptions." --Casey McQuiston, author of Red, White & Royal Blue


"Arnett deftly animates the sheer weirdness of desire and grief." ­ --O, The Oprah Magazine

"Arnett possesses all the bravery her characters dream of. . . . She writes comic set pieces to make you laugh, sex scenes to turn you on." --Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

"The reflective, inquisitive quality of Arnett's writing is key to its success. She's a natural novelist because of her curiosity." --Entertainment Weekly

"Kristen Arnett is wickedly talented and a wholly original voice." --Jami Attenberg

"Kristen Arnett is the queen of the Florida no one has ever told you about, and on every page she brings it to steely and vivid life." --Alexander Chee