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Early Morning Riser: Book summary and reviews of Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny

Early Morning Riser

by Katherine Heiny

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A wise, bighearted, boundlessly joyful novel of love, disaster, and unconventional family.

Jane falls in love with Duncan easily. He is charming, good-natured, and handsome but unfortunately, he has also slept with nearly every woman in Boyne City, Michigan. Jane sees Duncan's old girlfriends everywhere--at restaurants, at the grocery store, even three towns away.

While Jane may be able to come to terms with dating the world's most prolific seducer of women, she wishes she did not have to share him quite so widely. His ex-wife, Aggie, a woman with shiny hair and pale milkmaid skin, still has Duncan mow her lawn. His coworker, Jimmy, comes and goes from Duncan's apartment at the most inopportune times. Sometimes Jane wonders if a relationship can even work with three people in it--never mind four. Five if you count Aggie's eccentric husband, Gary. Not to mention all the other residents of Boyne City, who freely share with Jane their opinions of her choices.

But any notion Jane had of love and marriage changes with one terrible car crash. Soon Jane's life is permanently intertwined with Duncan's, Aggie's, and Jimmy's, and Jane knows she will never have Duncan to herself. But could it be possible that a deeper kind of happiness is right in front of Jane's eyes? A novel that is alternately bittersweet and laugh-out-loud funny, Katherine Heiny's Early Morning Riser is her most astonishingly wonderful work to date.

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"A deep awareness of the ways the potential for tragedy lies just beneath the surface of small-town life gives the proceedings a sense of gravity and holds the humor in perfect balance. This is a winner." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"It's easy to adore the characters Heiny conjures...[Early Morning Riser] finds beauty and humor in connection and community, family and friendship, and the way love can develop and deepen over time. A heartwarming novel with a small-town vibe that sparkles like wine sipped with friends under backyard fairy lights." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Heiny brings back some familiar elements from 2017's Standard Deviation, as laugh-out-loud scenes seamlessly flow into deep consideration of what it means to be a family and the power of accepting one another, eccentricities and all. This irresistible delight is a much-needed balm during these unnerving times." - Library Journal (starred review)

"A warm-hearted tribute to small town living, with all its attendant exasperations…Witty, exuberant…Heiny clearly writes with a great deal of love for her characters and location, but also offers real insight into the ways in which accidental intimacy can lead to a deeper and truer understanding of ourselves." - Refinery29

"If you enjoyed All Adults Here by Emma Straub, read Early Morning Riser…The story, which spans 17 years, sparkles with Heiny's trademark witticisms and cutting observations." - Washington Post

"A 'modern Jane Austen'...[Heiny] unites stylistic verve with laugh-out-loud humor, and is a perfect balance of literary and accessible...I'd read the back of a cereal box if it was written by Katherine Heiny." - Forbes

"Katherine Heiny's books feel like spending time with a smart, funny and beloved friend who always has a million interesting things to talk about but always wants to know about you, too. She is a charming and insightful and unique writer and Early Morning Riser is every bit as good as Standard Deviation, if not better." - Lisa Jewell, author of The Family Upstairs

"Early Morning Riser is a charming, witty and heartwarming novel about life and love in a small town that is destined to improve your mood and restore your faith in humankind. Katherine Heiny — who has long been a personal favorite writer of mine — is at the height of her storytelling powers. Every sentence is a treat!" - Elin Hilderbrand, bestselling author of 28 Summers

"Early Morning Riser is a joy of a novel. Beautiful, poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. It's the kind of book you'll have no choice but to stay up reading all night, and then you'll be sad when you've run out of pages. Katherine Heiny's voice is unlike anyone else's, and it's just what the world needs now." - J. Courtney Sullivan, bestselling author of Friends and Strangers

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Patty D

Loved this book!
Early Morning Riser is a great, feel-good read. I laughed out loud at numerous points and thought about the characters when I wasn't reading it--exactly what I love about a good story. The characters are engaging, albeit not fully dimensional. I found it to be a story of life choices, including how life happens when you're busy doing other things...but mostly about kindness. Highly recommend.

amreadee

If you have nothing else to do...
Why is this novel titled Early Morning Riser? The symbolism or the metaphor are??? The characters and their development are mediocre, common - nothing really inspirational about them except their kindness to Jimmy - - and really, the only way for happiness to flee a life is if the character chooses it to do so - Is that what Jane has chosen? and if so, why? All of Jane's experiences have led to "maybe the harshness would fade" and "then she could go on." And the point is?

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Katherine Heiny

Katherine Heiny is the author of Standard Deviation and Single, Carefree, Mellow, and her short fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and many other magazines. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and children, and is a former resident of London, the Hague, and Boyne City, Michigan.

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