A wise, bighearted, boundlessly joyful novel of love, disaster, and unconventional family from the celebrated author of Standard Deviation.
Jane easily falls in love with Duncan: he's charming, good-natured, and handsome. He has also slept with nearly every woman in Boyne City, Michigan.
Jane sees Duncan's old girlfriends everywhere – at restaurants, at the grocery store, even three towns away. While she may be able to come to terms with dating the world's most prolific seducer of women, she wishes she didn't have to share him quite so widely. His ex-wife, Aggie, still has Duncan mow her lawn. And his coworker Jimmy comes and goes from Duncan's apartment at the most inopportune times. Jane wonders how the relationship is supposed to work with all these people in it. But any notion Jane has of love and marriage changes with one tragic accident. Now her life is permanently intertwined with Duncan's, Aggie's, and Jimmy's, and she knows she will never have Duncan to herself. But is it possible that a deeper kind of happiness is right in front of her eyes?
A novel that is alternately bittersweet and laugh-out-loud funny, Early Morning Riser is Katherine Heiny's most astonishingly wonderful work to date.
‘Glorious. I love how it evokes the rhythm of life in all its joy and ordinariness and chaos’ Nina Stibbe
Praise for Standard Deviation:
'I have rarely seen modern marriage reproduced so faithfully in print' Jojo Moyes
'Witty, compelling and, deep down, very moving' Nigella Lawson
'Brilliantly funny' India Knight
'I love this book. It reminds me slightly of my beloved Maria Semple and Nora Ephron' Nina Stibbe
'Audra Daltry is a singular creation - a character so funny, so appealing, so sure that she can change the world for her family that she will jump right off the page and take up permanent residence in your heart' Kate Atkinson
'So comedically spot on about middle-class mores it feels unnervingly like she's in your head' Jenny Colgan, Spectator Books of the Year
‘Funny, fresh, with the kind of perceptive observations that make you see family life, friendship, parenting and marriage anew’ Mail on Sunday
'Both heart-piercing and, crucially, very funny' New York Times