Our Bookseller Says:
“A lighthearted, found family character arc steeped in Millet’s signature descriptive nature writing and plentiful metaphors.
In a departure from the biting satire of A Children’s Bible, this book follows the uncomplicated and kind Gil as he arrives in a new place and figures out who he is after the end of a toxic relationship. Fascinated by birds and happy to go about life’s everyday tasks, this book lays the beauty of simplicity on every page to make for a quick and easy read.”
A stunning new novel from the author of A Children’s Bible, a National Book Award finalist and one of the New York Times‘ 10 Best Books of 2020.
Over twelve novels and two collections Lydia Millet has emerged as a major American novelist. Hailed as “a writer without limits” (Karen Russell) and “a stone-cold genius” (Jenny Offill), Millet makes fiction that vividly evokes the ties between people and other animals and the crisis of extinction.
Dinosaurs is the story of a man named Gil who walks from New York to Arizona to recover from a failed love. After he arrives, new neighbors move into the glass-walled house next door and his life begins to mesh with theirs. In this warmly textured, drily funny, and philosophical account of Gil’s unexpected devotion to the family, Millet explores the uncanny territory where the self ends and community begins—what one person can do in a world beset by emergencies. In the shadow of existential threat, where does hope live?