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Early Morning Riser
A novel
By (author): Katherine Heiny

ISBN:

9780735243088

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General/trade
Apr 13, 2021
$22.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8.21in x 5.48 x 0.92 in | 0.84 lb

Page Count:

336 pages
Penguin Canada
Viking
FICTION / Women
New York Post Best New Novel * An Esquire Best Book of 2021 * An E! News Best Book of April * An Apartment Therapy Best Book of April * A Popsugar Best Book of April * A Newsweek Book to Read * A New York Times Book to Watch For * A Parade Favorite Book of Spring * A Washington Post Best Book to Read in April * A Kirkus Best Book to Read in April





A wise, bighearted, boundlessly joyful novel of love, disaster, and unconventional family


Jane falls in love with Duncan easily. He is charming, good-natured, and handsome but unfortunately, 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 Jane may be able to come to terms with dating the world’s most prolific seducer of women, she wishes she did not have to share him quite so widely. His ex-wife, Aggie, a woman with shiny hair and pale milkmaid skin, still has Duncan mow her lawn. His coworker, Jimmy, comes and goes from Duncan’s apartment at the most inopportune times. Sometimes Jane wonders if a relationship can even work with three people in it—never mind four. Five if you count Aggie’s eccentric husband, Gary. Not to mention all the other residents of Boyne City, who freely share with Jane their opinions of her choices.

But any notion Jane had of love and marriage changes with one terrible car crash. Soon Jane’s life is permanently intertwined with Duncan’s, Aggie’s, and Jimmy’s, and Jane knows she will never have Duncan to herself. But could it be possible that a deeper kind of happiness is right in front of Jane’s eyes? A novel that is alternately bittersweet and laugh-out-loud funny, Katherine Heiny’s Early Morning Riser is her most astonishingly wonderful work to date.

Story Locale: Boyne City, Michigan

Publication History: Original Trade Paperback

WRITER ON THE RISE: Katherine Heiny has been gaining ever more devoted fans for her first two books, and buzz is building for this, her third, and it feels certain she is destined for a breakout.

FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES: Lena Dunham, Kate Atkinson, Jojo Moyes, Louise Erdrich, Sloane Crosley, Elin Hilderbrand, Jennifer Close—love for Katherine Heiny runs deep in the writing community.

FIRST IN A TWO-BOOK DEAL: We are committed to building this wonderful author in Canada, there is definitely more to come!

VOICE: Heiny is one of those rare writers who can do literary fiction that makes you laugh and fills your heart with good feeling, drawing comparisons to greats like Anne Tyler, Lorrie Moore, Ann Patchett, and Barbara Kingsolver.

STELLAR PARTNERS: We’re publishing with Knopf US who have been Heiny’s home from the beginning, and alongside 4th Estate in the UK.

OTPB: We are publishing in an accessible format, even more of a dream for bookclubs and sharing with everyone.

KATHERINE HEINY is the author of Standard Deviation and Single, Carefree, Mellow, and her short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and many other magazines. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and children, and is a former resident of London, The Hague, and Boyne City, Michigan.

Author Residence: Bethesda, Maryland

A Refinery29 Book to Read in 2021”
A Kirkus Reviews Book to Look For in 2021”

Praise for Early Morning Riser:

“Heiny writes about small-town life without ridicule or slapstick, and never resorts to idyllic depictions of a long-ago day that never existed. Gossip can be the trigger for neighbors’ concern, but kindness will get them to your front door…. At its heart, this is a serious story full of lightness.”
—The New York Times

“Standard Deviation was one of my favourite books of the last decade, and Early Morning Riser contains the same wit, tenderness and razor sharp observations about modern relationships. I loved it.”
—JoJo Moyes, author of Me Before You

“The perfect pick me-up, filled to the brim with lovable eccentrics and delightful oddballs.”
Newsweek

“Katherine Heiny’s latest romance-adjacent work of literary fiction has been compared to Jane Austen’s novels… An entirely unexpected ensemble cast of characters in the throes and on the edge of love.”
Parade

“The funniest novel of the year… You have to pay attention to a book like Heiny’s… Sweetly sardonic… Delightful.”
The Washington Post

“Warm, witty, touching—and frequently hilarious.”
—David Nicholls, author of One Day

“Gorgeous. Very, very funny in a knowing wry way but so tender, so beautiful. I loved all the characters.”
—Marian Keyes, author of Grown Ups

Early Morning Riser is weighty, tender, astute, more funny than I know how to describe and, in places, profoundly sad — Heiny can break your heart in one sentence. It takes the tiny stuff of everyday life and makes it big and meaningful. Quiet things become loud. You put the book down and feel glad to be alive.”
India Knight, The Sunday Times (UK)

“A warm-hearted tribute to small town living, with all its attendant exasperations… Witty, exuberant… Heiny clearly writes with a great deal of love for her characters and location, but also offers real insight into the ways in which accidental intimacy can lead to a deeper and truer understanding of ourselves.”
Refinery29

“If you enjoyed All Adults Here, by Emma Straub, read Early Morning Riser… When you enter a relationship with a man who has had relations with, well, half the town, things will probably get weird. Jane, the star of Heiny’s offbeat and funny new novel, falls for Duncan — who comes with an oversize load of small-town baggage. The story, which spans 17 years, sparkles with Heiny’s trademark witticisms and cutting observations.”
Washington Post
 
Early Morning Riser has the makings of a witty romantic comedy that evokes the work of Laurie Colwin, but it takes on a dark edge…”
Wall Street Journal

“Tender, warm and laugh-out-loud funny: Heiny is a writer of comic genius.”
―Daily Mail UK

“A heartwarming novel about the chaos of relationships.”
Today

”[A] heartfelt novel about making your own life when plans don’t turn out as expected.“
New York Post


”This touching and fizzy comic novel…makes the ordinary extraordinary. A deep awareness of the ways the potential for tragedy lies just beneath the surface of small-town life gives the proceedings a sense of gravity and holds the humor in perfect balance. This is a winner.“
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

”More than a little contagious hilarity…Laugh-out-loud scenes seamlessly flow into deep consideration of what it means to be a family and the power of accepting one another, eccentricities and all. This irresistible delight is a much-needed balm during these unnerving times.“
Library Journal (starred review)

“Katherine Heiny’s books feel like spending time with a smart, funny and beloved friend who always has a million interesting things to talk about but always wants to know about you, too. She is a charming and insightful and unique writer and Early Morning Riser is every bit as good as Standard Deviation, if not better.”
—Lisa Jewell, author of The Family Upstairs

“A ‘modern Jane Austen’…[Heiny] unites stylistic verve with laugh-out-loud humor, and is a perfect balance of literary and accessible..  I’d read the back of a cereal box if it was written by Katherine Heiny.”
—Rachel Kramer Bussel, Forbes

⁠“Katherine Heiny is as warm and moving as Anne Tyler at her best, as funny as David Sedaris at his most hilarious, and one of the truly original voices in current fiction. Her wonderful second novel is a much-needed reminder that no matter how flawed, foolish, and downright annoying people can be, they’re still capable of immense kindness and outrageously unselfish love. Be forewarned: reading Earlier Morning Riser could make you believe we’re not necessarily all doomed.”
—Stephen McCauley, author of My Ex-Life

“Glorious. I love how it evokes the rhythm of life in all its joy and ordinariness and chaos. I loved the dialogue, the relationships. I love the one-liners, the humor, the gorgeous detail, the food, the innermost thoughts, and the love.”
—Nina Stibbe, author of Reasons to Be Cheerful
 
Early Morning Riser is a charming, witty and heartwarming novel about life and love in a small town that is destined to improve your mood and restore your faith in humankind. Katherine Heiny — who has long been a personal favorite writer of mine — is at the height of her storytelling powers. Every sentence is a treat!”
—Elin Hilderbrand, bestselling author of 28 Summers
 
“The author of Single, Carefree, Mellow and Standard Deviation brings us new characters to fall in love with in this novel about love, family, and community. It’s easy to adore the characters Heiny conjures in her novels and short stories. They tend to be quirky and smart, caring and passionate. Jane, the protagonist of Heiny’s gentle, funny new novel, is no exception…. Both Jane, ever hopeful, and Duncan, ever appreciative, are pure charm (as are the book’s secondary characters: their Northern Michigan neighbors, friends, and family members)…. Heiny’s book finds beauty and humor in connection and community, family and friendship, and the way love can develop and deepen over time…. A heartwarming novel with a small-town vibe that sparkles like wine sipped with friends under backyard fairy lights.”
Kirkus, starred review

“Heiny writes in a simple droll style about ordinary people who are often being less than their best selves… [A] literary descendant of Jane Austen, sharing Austen’s essentially comic world view.”
NPR

 
“Early Morning Riser is a joy of a novel. Beautiful, poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. It’s the kind of book you’ll have no choice but to stay up reading all night, and then you’ll be sad when you’ve run out of pages. Katherine Heiny’s voice is unlike anyone else’s, and it’s just what the world needs now.”
⁠—J. Courtney Sullivan, bestselling author of Friends and Strangers

“Heiny builds our affections solidly, by imperceptible degrees…. [Early Morning Riser] is raucously funny, but what sustains it is an ability to flip seamlessly from farce to tender emotional reckonings.”
The Spectator

“Engrossing, tender… Accompanying Jane’s wavering inner journey is an exploration of her various involvements, whether intended or not, with all kinds of colorful individuals in her town and the surrounding area. With sharply drawn portraits and acerbic wit, Heiny captures emotions, bonds,revelations, and heartbreak in this tale of unconventional interactions.”
Booklist

“Charming, hilarious…[This] one-of-a-kind story, featuring a cast of quirky characters, is a surefire literary mood boost with a heartwarming reminder of the many ways love appears in our lives.”
Real Simple

“Few writers so memorably capture the quirky interior lives of their characters as Heiny… She returns to form with Early Morning Riser, a wry and wise novel about the intertwined romantic lives of the residents of a small Michigan town… Heiny soars in her offbeat examination of small-town baggage and found families.”
Esquire

“Readers will desperately want to be a part of the unconventional family of friends at the center of Heiny’s novel, which has more charm than any memory-filled bracelet…Bittersweet and bitterly funny.”
—E! News

“The novel takes on big questions: the idea of what happiness looks like, and what “enough” feels like, and how you can or can’t help loving who you love. It’s also funny, with several characters…that somehow both serve as punch lines but also genuinely enrich the plot.”
—SEEN Magazine


“The romance of this wry novel lies in the community Jane creates around her.”
People

Early Morning Riser is tender, funny and affecting, a charming friend of a book to ease the Covid blues…. Heiny is never cosy—she is far too sharp and funny for that—but in exploring the value of life’s bruises and heartaches she concludes that there are many things worse than simply settling for what you have.”
—The Big Issue

“Early Morning Riser is an amiable and observant novel with perfect pitch and plenty of grace notes along the way.”
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