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by
Jenny Offill

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Knopf (Adult)
ISBN
9780385351102

Awards and Honors
Indie Next List - February 2020
2020 Women's Prize for Fiction Shortlist
2021 Andrew Carnegie Medal Longlist Finalist
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion, Language: Strong Language
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Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practice her other calling: she is a fake shrink. For years she has tended to her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. They have both stabilized for the moment, but Lizzie has little chance to spend her new free time with husband and son before her old mentor, Sylvia Liller, makes a proposal. She’s become famous for her prescient podcast, Hell and High Water, and wants to hire Lizzie to answer the mail she receives: from left-wingers worried about climate change and right-wingers worried about the decline of western civilization.

As Lizzie dives into this polarized world, she begins to wonder what it means to keep tending your own garden once you’ve seen the flames beyond its walls. When her brother becomes a father and Sylvia a recluse, Lizzie is forced to address the limits of her own experience—but still she tries to save everyone, using everything she’s learned about empathy and despair, conscience and collusion, from her years of wandering the library stacks…And all the while the voices of the city keep floating in—funny, disturbing, and increasingly mad.Online resources. Notes.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion, Language: Strong Language

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

224

Trim Size

7 1/4" x 4 1/3"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

May 2020

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

Family life. Climate change. Brooklyn, New York. Drug addiction and recovery. Podcasts. Librarians.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, Publishers Weekly*, Kirkus Reviews*

Praise & Reviews

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Adult Crossover High Plus
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For the more advanced high school reader who is ready for adult reading, our ACH Category is a great choice. With more sophisticated and challenging themes, the 12 books in ACH open up new worlds for teen readers.
Take note: These selections often contain mature situations and language that could be considered controversial.

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