Simon & Schuster
On Sale: March 24, 2015
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â€śA debut collection of unsparing yet warmly empathetic
storiesâ€¦akin to both Anton Chekhov and Raymond Carver in
humane spirit and technical masteryâ€ť (Kirkus Reviews,
The Heaven of Animals, award-winning young writer David
James Poissantâ€™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
â€ścollection of vicious and heartbreaking vignettesâ€ť (The
Orlando Sentinel) is a must-read for any fiction lover.
From two friends racing to save an alligatorâ€™s life in
â€śLizard Manâ€ť to a girl helping her boyfriend confront his
greatest fears in â€śThe End of Aaron,â€ť Poissantâ€™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 acceptanceâ€”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, â€śPoissant is a
writer who knows us with such clarity that we wonder how he
found his way so easily into our hearts and souls.â€ť
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