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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (9 Aug. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250074134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250074133
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.9 x 0.9 cm
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"An emotionally resonant novel with an unlikely cast of characters you won t soon forget. Bryn Greenwood s unique voice and her understanding of human nature offer an amazing tale of family, loss, and love that s as unpredictable and inspiring as love itself." -Brunonia Barry, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Lace Reader"

"Written in lyrical and searingly honest prose, Bryn Greenwood tells a powerful story of love and resilience against the bleakest of backdrops. Like the best fiction, this is a novel that means to disturb and challenge as it forces us to look with compassion on every last one of its flawed, memorable characters. I was captivated from the first page to the last." -Patry Francis, three time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and author of "The Orphans of Race Point"
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"[A] powerful, provocative debut...intelligent, honest, and unsentimental." -"Kirkus Reviews "(STARRED)

Achingly raw and beautifully written, "All the Ugly and Wonderful Things" is both a hypnotic coming-of-age story and a heartbreaking tragedy. Greenwood s emotional prose and her well-drawn characters immediately drew me in and kept me captivated. I m still thinking about Wavy, and her ugly and wonderful world, long after I ve turned the last page. -Jillian Cantor, author of "Margot" and "The Hours Count"

"Bryn Greenwood is so good it hurts. Her writing is lean, precise, elegant and dripping with the telling detail-the understated bit of dialogue that reveals everything." -Robert Ferrigno, "New York Times" bestselling author of"Monkey Boyz," "Horse Latitudes," the "Prayer for the Assassin" trilogy and other novels"

"If you're looking for a dangerous, shocking, and unexpectedly touching story, this is it...This is a book that will shake you to the core." -"Bustle" "31 Books Bringing the Heat this Summer"

"An emotionally resonant novel with an unlikely cast of characters you won t soon forget. Bryn Greenwood s unique voice and her understanding of human nature offer an amazing tale of family, loss, and love that s as unpredictable and inspiring as love itself." -Brunonia Barry, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Lace Reader"

"Written in lyrical and searingly honest prose, Bryn Greenwood tells a powerful story of love and resilience against the bleakest of backdrops. Like the best fiction, this is a novel that means to disturb and challenge as it forces us to look with compassion on every last one of its flawed, memorable characters. I was captivated from the first page to the last." -Patry Francis, three time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and author of "The Orphans of Race Point"
""
"[A] powerful, provocative debut...intelligent, honest, and unsentimental." -"Kirkus Reviews "(STARRED)

"The stirring Bryn Greenwood s "All the Ugly and Wonderful Things," so freakishly good and dangerous that it should come with a warning label... the writing is direct and muscular, a snake with all the slithery danger of a coiled rattler on a hot rock. VERDICT Greenwood (from Kansas, daughter of a mostly reformed drug dealer ) astounds in creating a world where assorted murderers, felons, and thieves are sympathetic. Alternating narrators a la "The Sound and the Fury" create a dynamic where "Lolita" meets a dissonance of values/taboo romance like "East of Eden," "Damage," or "The Little Mermaid."""--Library Journal"

Achingly raw and beautifully written, "All the Ugly and Wonderful Things" is both a hypnotic coming-of-age story and a heartbreaking tragedy. Greenwood s emotional prose and her well-drawn characters immediately drew me in and kept me captivated. I m still thinking about Wavy, and her ugly and wonderful world, long after I ve turned the last page. -Jillian Cantor, author of "Margot" and "The Hours Count"

"Bryn Greenwood is so good it hurts. Her writing is lean, precise, elegant and dripping with the telling detail-the understated bit of dialogue that reveals everything." -Robert Ferrigno, "New York Times" bestselling author of"Monkey Boyz," "Horse Latitudes," the "Prayer for the Assassin" trilogy and other novels

"The author skillfully create widely varied and original voices... a memorably coming-of-age tale about loyalty, defiance, and the power of love under the most improbable circumstances."-- "Publishers Weekly""

"If you're looking for a dangerous, shocking, and unexpectedly touching story, this is it...This is a book that will shake you to the core." -Bustle "31 Books Bringing the Heat this Summer"

"Captivating and smartly written from the first page, Greenwood's work is instantly absorbing. Pithy characters saunter, charge or stumble into each scene via raw, gripping narrative. Greenwood slow-drips descriptions, never giving away everything at once. Rather, she tells her story as if lifting a cloth thread by thread, revealing heartbreaking landscapes and riveting dialogue in perfect timing. This book won't pull at heartstrings but instead yank out the entire organ and shake it about before lodging it back in an unfamiliar position." -Christina Ledbetter, The Associated Press

"Greenwood's haunting novel...is a story that will stay with readers long after the book is finished." -Lisa McLendon, The Wichita Eagle

"Bryn Greenwood has handed readers a strange - but strangely grabbing - tale." -Harry Levins, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Greenwood is a gifted writer, and Wavy's story will stick to your bones long after you put this book down. These characters will fast become friends, and you will find yourself reluctant to leave their ugly and wonderful little world." --Madeline Lemieux, Creative Loafing Charlotte

"An emotionally resonant novel with an unlikely cast of characters you won t soon forget. Bryn Greenwood s unique voice and her understanding of human nature offer an amazing tale of family, loss, and love that s as unpredictable and inspiring as love itself." -Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader

"Written in lyrical and searingly honest prose, Bryn Greenwood tells a powerful story of love and resilience against the bleakest of backdrops. Like the best fiction, this is a novel that means to disturb and challenge as it forces us to look with compassion on every last one of its flawed, memorable characters. I was captivated from the first page to the last." -Patry Francis, three time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and author of The Orphans of Race Point

"[A] powerful, provocative debut...intelligent, honest, and unsentimental." -Kirkus Reviews (STARRED)

"The stirring Bryn Greenwood s All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, so freakishly good and dangerous that it should come with a warning label... the writing is direct and muscular, a snake with all the slithery danger of a coiled rattler on a hot rock. VERDICT Greenwood (from Kansas, daughter of a mostly reformed drug dealer ) astounds in creating a world where assorted murderers, felons, and thieves are sympathetic. Alternating narrators a la The Sound and the Fury create a dynamic where Lolita meets a dissonance of values/taboo romance like East of Eden, Damage, or The Little Mermaid."--Library Journal

Achingly raw and beautifully written, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is both a hypnotic coming-of-age story and a heartbreaking tragedy. Greenwood s emotional prose and her well-drawn characters immediately drew me in and kept me captivated. I m still thinking about Wavy, and her ugly and wonderful world, long after I ve turned the last page. -Jillian Cantor, author of Margot and The Hours Count

"Bryn Greenwood is so good it hurts. Her writing is lean, precise, elegant and dripping with the telling detail-the understated bit of dialogue that reveals everything." -Robert Ferrigno, New York Times bestselling author ofMonkey Boyz, Horse Latitudes, the Prayer for the Assassin trilogy and other novels

"The author skillfully create widely varied and original voices... The is a memorable coming-of-age tale about loyalty, defiance, and the power of love under the most improbable circumstances."-- Publishers Weekly

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-If you're looking for a dangerous, shocking, and unexpectedly touching story, this is it...This is a book that will shake you to the core.- --Bustle -31 Books Bringing the Heat this Summer-

-Captivating and smartly written from the first page, Greenwood's work is instantly absorbing. Pithy characters saunter, charge or stumble into each scene via raw, gripping narrative. Greenwood slow-drips descriptions, never giving away everything at once. Rather, she tells her story as if lifting a cloth thread by thread, revealing heartbreaking landscapes and riveting dialogue in perfect timing. This book won't pull at heartstrings but instead yank out the entire organ and shake it about before lodging it back in an unfamiliar position.- --Christina Ledbetter, The Associated Press

-This book destroyed me. I have never read anything like it. I came to the end of the novel with my mind-reeling, my emotions scattered, and completely unsure exactly what I did feel about it...but one thing is certain: I felt. Oh hell, I felt. I don't think I'll ever get these characters off my mind.- --Emily May, #1 Worldwide most popular reviewer, Goodreads

-The title says it all. You will hold your little heart in your hands and keep blowing on it to make sure it's alive.- --The Top Ten Hottest Reads of 2016, New York Daily News

-This is one of those books whose story, if you heard about it on the news or glimpsed some sensationalist headline, would be horrifying, but in THIS book, with THESE characters, where you are privy to interior monologues and backstories and a hundred examples of what defines them as people, it makes sense. It's two damaged people finding something in the other that answers a need, and it's unexpectedly touching. It's so, so impressive. Vibrant. Heartbreaking. Sympathetic. Her writing is astonishing.- --Karen, #1 US most popular reviewer, Goodreads

-The stirring Bryn Greenwood's All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, so freakishly good and dangerous that it should come with a warning label... the writing is direct and muscular, a snake with all the slithery danger of a coiled rattler on a hot rock. VERDICT Greenwood (from Kansas, daughter of a -mostly reformed drug dealer-) astounds in creating a world where assorted murderers, felons, and thieves are sympathetic. Alternating narrators a la The Sound and the Fury create a dynamic where Lolita meets a dissonance of values/taboo romance like East of Eden, Damage, or The Little Mermaid.- --Library Journal

-Bryn Greenwood has handed readers a strange - but strangely grabbing - tale.- --Harry Levins, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Best of 2016

-Greenwood's haunting novel...is a story that will stay with readers long after the book is finished.- --Lisa McLendon, The Wichita Eagle

-[A] powerful, provocative debut...intelligent, honest, and unsentimental.- --Kirkus Reviews (STARRED)

-An emotionally resonant novel with an unlikely cast of characters you won't soon forget. Bryn Greenwood's unique voice and her understanding of human nature offer an amazing tale of family, loss, and love that's as unpredictable and inspiring as love itself.- --Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader

-Written in lyrical and searingly honest prose, Bryn Greenwood tells a powerful story of love and resilience against the bleakest of backdrops. Like the best fiction, this is a novel that means to disturb and challenge as it forces us to look with compassion on every last one of its flawed, memorable characters. I was captivated from the first page to the last.- --Patry Francis, three time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and author of The Orphans of Race Point

-Gritty and dark and tough and uncomfortable, but it's brilliantly constructed...Greenwood develops an incredible and resilient character in Wavy. It's an outstanding debut novel and I am itching for Greenwood's next book.- --Kelly Jensen, Book Riot

-Greenwood is a gifted writer, and Wavy's story will stick to your bones long after you put this book down. These characters will fast become friends, and you will find yourself reluctant to leave their ugly and wonderful little world.- --Madeline Lemieux, Creative Loafing Charlotte

-Achingly raw and beautifully written, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is both a hypnotic coming-of-age story and a heartbreaking tragedy. Greenwood's emotional prose and her well-drawn characters immediately drew me in and kept me captivated. I'm still thinking about Wavy, and her ugly and wonderful world, long after I've turned the last page.- --Jillian Cantor, author of Margot and The Hours Count

-Bryn Greenwood is so good it hurts. Her writing is lean, precise, elegant and dripping with the telling detail-the understated bit of dialogue that reveals everything.- --Robert Ferrigno, New York Times bestselling author ofMonkey Boyz, Horse Latitudes, the Prayer for the Assassin trilogy and other novels

-The author skillfully creates widely varied and original voices... a memorable coming-of-age tale about loyalty, defiance, and the power of love under the most improbable circumstances.- --Publishers Weekly



"If you're looking for a dangerous, shocking, and unexpectedly touching story, this is it...This is a book that will shake you to the core." --Bustle "31 Books Bringing the Heat this Summer"

"Captivating and smartly written from the first page, Greenwood's work is instantly absorbing. Pithy characters saunter, charge or stumble into each scene via raw, gripping narrative. Greenwood slow-drips descriptions, never giving away everything at once. Rather, she tells her story as if lifting a cloth thread by thread, revealing heartbreaking landscapes and riveting dialogue in perfect timing. This book won't pull at heartstrings but instead yank out the entire organ and shake it about before lodging it back in an unfamiliar position." --Christina Ledbetter, The Associated Press

"This book destroyed me. I have never read anything like it. I came to the end of the novel with my mind-reeling, my emotions scattered, and completely unsure exactly what I did feel about it...but one thing is certain: I felt. Oh hell, I felt. I don't think I'll ever get these characters off my mind." --Emily May, #1 Worldwide most popular reviewer, Goodreads

"The title says it all. You will hold your little heart in your hands and keep blowing on it to make sure it's alive." --The Top Ten Hottest Reads of 2016, New York Daily News

"This is one of those books whose story, if you heard about it on the news or glimpsed some sensationalist headline, would be horrifying, but in THIS book, with THESE characters, where you are privy to interior monologues and backstories and a hundred examples of what defines them as people, it makes sense. It's two damaged people finding something in the other that answers a need, and it's unexpectedly touching. It's so, so impressive. Vibrant. Heartbreaking. Sympathetic. Her writing is astonishing." --Karen, #1 US most popular reviewer, Goodreads

"The stirring Bryn Greenwood's All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, so freakishly good and dangerous that it should come with a warning label... the writing is direct and muscular, a snake with all the slithery danger of a coiled rattler on a hot rock. VERDICT Greenwood (from Kansas, daughter of a "mostly reformed drug dealer") astounds in creating a world where assorted murderers, felons, and thieves are sympathetic. Alternating narrators a la The Sound and the Fury create a dynamic where Lolita meets a dissonance of values/taboo romance like East of Eden, Damage, or The Little Mermaid." --Library Journal

"Bryn Greenwood has handed readers a strange - but strangely grabbing - tale." --Harry Levins, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Best of 2016

"Greenwood's haunting novel...is a story that will stay with readers long after the book is finished." --Lisa McLendon, The Wichita Eagle

"[A] powerful, provocative debut...intelligent, honest, and unsentimental." --Kirkus Reviews (STARRED)

"An emotionally resonant novel with an unlikely cast of characters you won't soon forget. Bryn Greenwood's unique voice and her understanding of human nature offer an amazing tale of family, loss, and love that's as unpredictable and inspiring as love itself." --Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader

"Written in lyrical and searingly honest prose, Bryn Greenwood tells a powerful story of love and resilience against the bleakest of backdrops. Like the best fiction, this is a novel that means to disturb and challenge as it forces us to look with compassion on every last one of its flawed, memorable characters. I was captivated from the first page to the last." --Patry Francis, three time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and author of The Orphans of Race Point

"Gritty and dark and tough and uncomfortable, but it's brilliantly constructed...Greenwood develops an incredible and resilient character in Wavy. It's an outstanding debut novel and I am itching for Greenwood's next book." --Kelly Jensen, Book Riot

"Greenwood is a gifted writer, and Wavy's story will stick to your bones long after you put this book down. These characters will fast become friends, and you will find yourself reluctant to leave their ugly and wonderful little world." --Madeline Lemieux, Creative Loafing Charlotte

"Incredible book alert...Another true page turner as Greenwood takes her reader on an emotional bungee jump that requires you to decide for yourself what you can and can not accept given the grimmest of circumstances." (5 out of 5 stars) --Erin Woodward, The Girly Book Club

"All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is just that: ugly and wonderful all at the same time. An epic love story...This book will be the birth of a vibrant debate about the law and societal norms as your book club members will truly be divided by the actions of our male lead. I'd love to be a fly on the wall for this one!" --InStyle UK

"Achingly raw and beautifully written, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is both a hypnotic coming-of-age story and a heartbreaking tragedy. Greenwood's emotional prose and her well-drawn characters immediately drew me in and kept me captivated. I'm still thinking about Wavy, and her ugly and wonderful world, long after I've turned the last page." --Jillian Cantor, author of Margot and The Hours Count

"Bryn Greenwood is so good it hurts. Her writing is lean, precise, elegant and dripping with the telling detail-the understated bit of dialogue that reveals everything." --Robert Ferrigno, New York Times bestselling author of Monkey Boyz, Horse Latitudes, the Prayer for the Assassin trilogy and other novels

"The author skillfully creates widely varied and original voices... a memorable coming-of-age tale about loyalty, defiance, and the power of love under the most improbable circumstances." --Publishers Weekly

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.


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”Right up until that moment it was sweet and funny. Odd couple that they were, they had a real connection. Then he tugged her boot off and kissed the bottom of her bare foot. I could see him doing that kind of thing to his own kid, but she wasn’t. She was somebody else’s little girl.”

I am an emotional wreck. How has this book set my moral compass so askew? How could I have possibly been crying over a relationship between a grown man and a minor? I was distraught kinda crying, not a horrified or disgusted kinda crying either! I know I’m being a sheep when I say this but wow, this is amazing! I was so worried I'd dislike this book because it was so hyped up but it did not disappoint, not even a little bit.

You’ll be amazed at how well Greenwood has reinvented the adult-male-child-female relationship that we see all too often in novels and films. She’s managed to completely turn the disgusting, abusive image on its head. The love between Kellen and Wavy is the truest and realist love I've seen in a book for a seriously long time. There is absolutely no comparison between Kellen and Wavy with Humbert and Lolita, it’s not that sort of book. There are some people who, undoubtedly, are not going to like this book or the message it’s putting across, but you have to know that there is nothing evil in this age gap relationship as you would first guess there to be.

I can almost understand why Kellen and Wavy fall in love so quickly and so passionately. Wavy has had such a horrible existence, with her abusive, drug addicted father and her horrible mother who doesn’t care for anyone but herself.
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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things,  Bryn Greenwood

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Genre:  Literary Fiction.

Well, one thing puzzles me – this is described as a Debut book, and yet goodreads lists two earlier ones by Bryn?? Never-the-less its an incredible, thought provoking read, and surprisingly a beautiful romance IMO despite the circumstances.

 I’ve seen comparisons to Tampa by Alissa Nutting, which I also enjoyed – as a story that made me think, made me look at the way society treats people, how a clever groomer manipulates children and even the story, to get the results they want. That definitely wasn’t romance for me, was very clearly abuse, and yet this one was a real love story for me despite the circumstances. Two very unique and individual novels but with similar themes, that play out so differently.
 In Tampa the female teacher, married and in her twenties, grooms adolescent boys for her sexual benefit and once she’s done she drops them. She cares nothing for their feelings, its purely self gratification.
 In contrast here Kellen is much older than Wavy but mentally young for his years, and Wavy is beyond mature from the harsh upbringing she’s had. It still doesn't make things right, but its written in such a way that despite their ages they’re both such incredible characters that you can feel love, and actually sympathise with them. I really wanted things to work for them.
The only part I wasn’t really happy with was the ending, it just felt rushed after the rest of the book, and I felt I’d somehow missed a huge chunk of time with Wavy and Kellen, months were condensed into a couple of pages, where the events were very important to the story IMO and needed more.
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I received a free copy of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel from the publisher in return for an honest review.

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things was an uncomfortable read. I want to say it was uncomfortable in a good way but because of the controversial story line it feels wrong to even say that. It's also a very hard book to write a review for without ruining a lot of the storyline for those who haven't yet read it.

The story brought out all sorts of conflicting emotions and at times I found myself thinking that it was wrong of me to be getting so much enjoyment from it. The relationship between Wavy and Kellen is sad, compelling and disturbing. If you were to stumble upon this happening in real life you would be outraged. It's wrong on so many levels. But, experiencing their story, seeing their relationship through their eyes, you begin to view it differently. All of sudden it doesn't feel so outrageous and then you realise that you feel this way and have a WTF moment and find yourself feeling disgusted and uncomfortable with where your thoughts and feelings have taken you.

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is a book that not everyone is going to be comfortable reading. It's a book that had me questioning myself, my feelings and my emotions. On finishing it I wasn't sure how I felt about. I enjoyed it but at the same time my mind was all over the place trying to analyse what I was feeling and why it left me feeling so conflicted. It's controversial, it's uncomfortable, it's shocking, it's raw and it's a very powerful and emotional read that will take you out of your comfort zone but it's because of this that I enjoyed it so much. Not many books can create this kind of reaction.

Highly recommended!
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