Nothing to See Here

Nothing to See Here

eBook - 2019
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A New York Times Bestseller • A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!

Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, People, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, TIME, The A.V. Club, Buzzfeed, and PopSugar

"I can't believe how good this book is.... It's wholly original. It's also perfect.... Wilson writes with such a light touch.... The brilliance of the novel [is] that it distracts you with these weirdo characters and mesmerizing and funny sentences and then hits you in a way you didn't see coming. You're laughing so hard you don't even realize that you've suddenly caught fire." —Taffy Brodesser-Akner, author of Fleishman is in Trouble, New York Times Book Review

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Family Fang, a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with a remarkable ability.

Lillian and Madison were unlikely roommates and yet inseparable friends at their elite boarding school. But then Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly in the wake of a scandal and they've barely spoken since. Until now, when Lillian gets a letter from Madison pleading for her help.

Madison's twin stepkids are moving in with her family and she wants Lillian to be their caretaker. However, there's a catch: the twins spontaneously combust when they get agitated, flames igniting from their skin in a startling but beautiful way. Lillian is convinced Madison is pulling her leg, but it's the truth.

Thinking of her dead-end life at home, the life that has consistently disappointed her, Lillian figures she has nothing to lose. Over the course of one humid, demanding summer, Lillian and the twins learn to trust each other—and stay cool—while also staying out of the way of Madison's buttoned-up politician husband. Surprised by her own ingenuity yet unused to the intense feelings of protectiveness she feels for them, Lillian ultimately begins to accept that she needs these strange children as much as they need her—urgently and fiercely. Couldn't this be the start of the amazing life she'd always hoped for?

With white-hot wit and a big, tender heart, Kevin Wilson has written his best book yet—a most unusual story of parental love.


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cklumpar
Feb 13, 2020

So, so good. I wanted to be longer so I could spend more time with the great writing and with these characters, but really it's perfect as is.

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rexhazell
Feb 09, 2020

Makes you want to get to the finish, and a quick read, but didn't seem to be a story worth stretching to novel length. This writer has good reviews for other of his titles, so I'll try one of those. Hopefully this is the low end of his ability - I hope so, because this book, although entertaining, isn't a LOL work as the review blurbs suggest, but more of a 'I started reading this so I'm willing to get to the end' title.

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bethgarza24
Jan 13, 2020

New & Notable - Feb 2020

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midori_hon
Jan 11, 2020

so intentionally quirky and weird but also oddly endearing.

ArapahoeAnnaL Jan 06, 2020

The narrator has a heart large enough to overlook the poverty and betrayals of her own childhood and focus on nurturing two neglected children to health.

CPL_Laura Dec 30, 2019

A peculiar and haunting novel about a young woman whose wealthy former roommate recruits her to care for her step-children, who periodically burst into flames. Recommend to fans of Katherine Dunn, Elizabeth McCracken, Aimee Bender and Sayaka Murata.

HerrickDL_Laura Dec 28, 2019

Unexpected and enthralling. Too good to put down.

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krsbozo
Dec 17, 2019

A bizarre tail with roots in reality. Tells the story of children who spontaneously combust, and their relationship with a troubled woman who is asked to care for them. Has things to say about what is normal, about about class in our society, particularly the South. Liked it a bunch, and read it in a few days, fast for me.

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star2014
Dec 04, 2019

Such an imaginative and original novel! The story is outrageous , funny, and at times heartbreaking. It is a tale about "trying to fit in", which I think every reader can relate to in some way.

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KatG1983
Dec 04, 2019

One of my favourite books of the year, Nothing to See Here is funny, heart-felt and extremely well written.

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ArapahoeAnnaL Jan 06, 2020

And if I'd driven to the basket right then, I would have hit an easy layup, but I let her recover. I drove and then did my... And when Madison felt that pressure from me, that movement, she turned and ran to the basket, too... I was about to reach it when I felt something hard slam into my face, and all these stars blasted into my head, this stinging pain... 'She hit you in the face,' Bessie said, 'with her elbow.' 'It was an accident, of course,' Madison said. 'shit, I'm sorry, Lillian.'

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