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The Heaven of Animals
David James Poissant

Simon & Schuster
April 2015
On Sale: March 24, 2015
272 pages
ISBN: 1476729972
EAN: 9781476729978
Kindle: B00DPM7W92
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“A debut collection of unsparing yet warmly empathetic stories…akin to both Anton Chekhov and Raymond Carver in humane spirit and technical mastery” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

The Heaven of Animals, award-winning young writer David James Poissant’s stunning debut, has been one of the most-praised story collections of the year. Compared to the work of Richard Ford and Amy Hemple in the Los Angeles Review of Books, to Anton Chekhov, Raymond Carver, and George Saunders in the New York Post, and the subject of a full-page Clyde Edgerton rave in Garden & Gun, this “collection of vicious and heartbreaking vignettes” (The Orlando Sentinel) is a must-read for any fiction lover.

From two friends racing to save an alligator’s life in “Lizard Man” to a girl helping her boyfriend confront his greatest fears in “The End of Aaron,” Poissant’s worlds shine with honesty and dark complexity, but also with profound compassion. He is ruthless in the way he tests his characters, putting them in tense, heartrending situations in which they must come to acceptance—whether it be grief, failure, fear, or satisfaction and love. Ultimately, these are stories hell-bent on hope.

Fresh, smart, lively, and wickedly funny, The Heaven of Animals is startlingly original and compulsively readable. As bestselling author Kevin Wilson puts it, “Poissant is a writer who knows us with such clarity that we wonder how he found his way so easily into our hearts and souls.”


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