All the Ugly and Wonderful Things (Hardcover)

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Words fail to encompass the love I have for Bryn Greenwood's writing. Told in revolving points of view, the heart of this story is about an unlikely love shrouded in taboo that will shatter your perception about "valid" relationships. Open this book and prepare yourself for a challenging concept surrounding a heartbreaking love. With unique characters and a stunning narrative, ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS is a novel that you will not soon forget.

— Carissa


- A New York Times and USA Today bestseller
- Book of the Month Club 2016 Book of the Year
- Second Place Goodreads Best Fiction of 2016

A beautiful and provocative love story between two unlikely people and the hard-won relationship that elevates them above the Midwestern meth lab backdrop of their lives.

As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house, until one night her star gazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.

By the time Wavy is a teenager, her relationship with Kellen is the only tender thing in a brutal world of addicts and debauchery. When tragedy rips Wavy's family apart, a well-meaning aunt steps in, and what is beautiful to Wavy looks ugly under the scrutiny of the outside world. A powerful novel you won't soon forget, Bryn Greenwood's All the Ugly and Wonderful Things challenges all we know and believe about love.

31 Books Bringing the Heat this Summer --Bustle

Top Ten Hottest Reads of 2016 --New York Daily News

Best Books of 2016 --St. Louis Post Dispatch

About the Author

Bryn Greenwood is a fourth-generation Kansan, and the daughter of a mostly reformed drug dealer. She earned an MA from Kansas State University and continues to work in academia as an administrator. She is the author of Last Will and All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in The New York Times, Chiron Review, Kansas Quarterly, Karamu, and The Battered Suitcase. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250074133
ISBN-10: 1250074134
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: August 9th, 2016
Pages: 352
Language: English