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Mac's Backs Book Club will meet on June 17 at 7 p.m. to discuss Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett. Due to social distancing guidelines, this meeting will take place via Zoom. Contact for more information.

Jessa-Lynn, called Jessa by most, is a Floridian taxidermist in her 30s whose father has recently died by suicide. Jessa found his body in the shop she works at every day, passed down to her from him, and originally from his own father. Taxidermy is, fittingly, a legacy job in this family, and what an apt metaphor that is: Just as Jessa learned how to clean, skin, position, and mount dead animals to look forever — if rigidly — lifelike, she has also tried to shape and understand her own past as a singular, unchanging narrative that can remain fixed in place, accessible whenever she needs it, even if it, too, is dead.

Mostly Dead Things is one of the strangest and funniest and most surprising first novels I've ever read. A love letter to Florida and to family, to half-lit swamps and the 7/11, and to the beasts that only pretend to hold their poses inside us. In Kristen Arnett's expert hands, taxidermy becomes a language to capture our species' impossible and contradictory desire to be held and to be free.--Karen Russell, author of SWAMPLANDIA!

Kristen Arnett is the NYT bestselling author of the debut novel Mostly Dead Things (Tin House, 2019) which was listed as one of The New York Times top books of 2019. She is a queer fiction and essay writer. She was awarded Ninth Letter's Literary Award in Fiction and is a columnist for Literary Hub. Her work has appeared at The New York TimesNorth American ReviewThe Normal School, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, Guernica, Buzzfeed, Electric Literature, McSweeneys, PBS Newshour, Bennington Review, The Guardian, Salon, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her story collection, Felt in the Jaw, was published by Split Lip Press and was awarded the 2017 Coil Book Award.

The book is availabe at the store or through our website at the 20% book club discount.


Event date: 
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Mac's Backs Books on Coventry
1820 Coventry Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
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ISBN: 9781947793835
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tin House Books - April 21st, 2020