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Nothing to See Here

by Kevin Wilson

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Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
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  • Publishes in USA 
    Nov 5, 2019
    272 pages
    Genre: Novels

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  • Alison F. (Clearwater, FL)


    Burning Love
    I am so happy to have read Kevin Wilson's most recent novel, Nothing to See Here. As you can imagine, a book with children who spontaneously combust will have some excitement for sure but mostly this story is about parental live, good and bad. It's also about class and fear that we have to fit in and be normal. Such a happy, sweet and well-written book. My favorite this year.
  • Jamie K. (Berkeley, CA)


    Plenty to See Here
    I love this quirky, honest, and thoroughly enjoyable read. The plot, although predictable at times, rings with humor and heart as it explores the intricacies of trust, acceptance, success, and above all, what it means to be a parent. Life gets very complicated when Lilian is asked by longtime, but not recently seen, high school friend Madison to be a temporary caretaker for a pair of twins moving into the mansion she shares with her senator husband (their father) and young son Timothy. Easy-peasy, except for one thing— these guys have an unusual habit of spontaneously combusting when agitated or angered. The twins and Lilian see this as a gift; the senator who dreams of a greater political future— sees it as a liability, and Madison, she just doesn't know what to think.

    Nothing to See Here is full of surprises. The characters are well conceived and believable (as believable as children catching on fire can be), and the plot so unique, that with some twists and turns and some very good writing, it shows you that when you play with fire, you're never quite sure who's going to get burned.
  • Sarah M. (Kirksville, MO)


    New Fabulism at its best
    Readers will root for Lillian, the tough-as-nails yet vulnerable heroine, as she takes on the challenge of caring for two traumatized children who catch fire when emotionally overwhelmed. Wilson's deft use of spontaneous combustion as a symbol of trauma, healing, and cathartic acceptance is deeply satisfying. Readers new to new fabulism as a genre will be wowed, while fans of Karen Russell, Aimee Bender, and George Saunders will love this novel and will want to seek out more of Wilson's work.
  • Mary S. (Bow, NH)


    Normal weirdness
    A longtime fan of The Family Fang, I had high expectations for Nothing to See Here and I wasn't disappointed. Each character was so well defined and all of their quirks and foibles served to enrich the story-telling. The pacing was excellent and it was easy to become engrossed and keep reading even though it was way past your bedtime. All in all, an excellent read.
  • Ann B. (Kernville, CA)


    How do you prep for the possibility of fire children?
    As a fan of weird fiction, I devoured this book. Main character Lillian, like most of us, feels like whatever she does, it's the wrong thing. She's not prepared for the children she's tasked to care for. Who would be prepared for children who catch fire at will? What Kevin Wilson does, and has done brilliantly here, is create situations and characters just absurd enough that they make you feel less alone in the world. Lillian says at one point, "That's how it works ... . The big thing is so ridiculous that you absorb only the smaller miracles." I highly recommend this book to weird fiction fans and to anyone craving a warm, witty novel.
  • Roberta W. (Los Ranchos, NM)


    A sweet gem
    When I read the blurb about this book, I knew I had to read it. Children who spontaneously combust? Who can resist that?

    The book is funny, poignant and definitely quirky. Kevin Wilson has created memorable characters that stick with you.

    It's a delightful read and I recommend it.
  • L. Jones, parent and avid reader


    Enjoyable adult fairy tale
    I really enjoyed this book. I call it a metaphorical adult fairy tale. The premise of spontaneously combusting kids feeds directly into the parenting metaphor, and the overall story is charming. The writing is also charming. The characters felt very real to me, and the descriptions painted a picture very well without being long and drawn out. The setting, in summer on an estate with lots of swimming and basketball adds to the fairy-tale feeling. This book made me want to go read more of this author's work.

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