STORY OF A MARRIAGE: From Fates and Furies to Dept. of Speculation, readers are continually drawn to literary novels that explore the complex dynamics of marriage. The Study of Animal Languages is an insightful, funny, and achingly tender portrait of a partnership between two flawed individuals.
CAMPUS SETTING: The novel is an irresistible sendup of academics and academia at an elite New England liberal arts college.
A DEBUT NOVEL OF TREMENDOUS PHILOSOPHICAL RESONANCE: This brainy first novel is packed with ideas about language and communication that resonate well beyond the story. The author’s brilliance and boundless intellectual curiosity are evident on every page - though she wears them lightly.
BRILLIANT EMERGING VOICE IN FICTION: Just 27 years old, Lindsay Stern is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, where she was the recipient of two prestigious fellowships.
Praise for The Study of Animal Languages:
“An exuberant, wise, and darkly funny novel from an essential new voice in fiction.”—Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest
“An unabashedly smart philosophical exploration and affecting psychological portrait of the final strains of a marriage. Finely wrought, marvelously dramatic, riveting—a debut of stunning maturity.”—Ayana Mathis, New York Times bestselling author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
“A fascinating, original meditation on a human relationship and the non-human world from a very talented new writer. Quietly provocative.”—Jeff VanderMeer, New York Times bestselling author of The Southern Reach Trilogy
“So artful and astute, funny and unnerving, too…. A knockout.”—Paul Harding, author of Tinkers
“Lindsay Stern calls to mind the sly humor of Ishiguro and Nabokov…I loved this novel.”—Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen
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