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Author: Katherine Heiny Narrator: Kate Rudd Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2021 ISBN: 9780593349496
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“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   A wise, bighearted, boundlessly joyful novel of love, disaster, and unconventional family   *A Refinery29 Book to Read in 2021* 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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “The perfect pick me-up, filled to the brim with lovable eccentrics and delightful oddballs.”


  • “Heiny’s hilarious novel spans two decades in the life of small-town Michiganers…[and] sparkles with Heiny’s trademark witticisms and cutting observations.”

    Washington Post

  • “Few writers so memorably capture the quirky interior lives of their characters as Heiny…Heiny soars in her offbeat examination of small-town baggage and found families.”


  • “Charming, hilarious…[This] one-of-a-kind story, featuring a cast of quirky characters, is a surefire literary mood boost with a heartwarming reminder of the many ways love appears in our lives.”

    Real Simple

  • “A heartwarming novel with a small-town vibe that sparkles like wine sipped with friends under backyard fairy lights."

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A Washington Post Pick of 10 Best Books of the Month
  • A Refinery29 Pick
  • A Parade Magazine Pick for Spring
  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick of the Month

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About the Author

Katherine Heiny is the author of the novel Standard Deviation and Single, Carefree Mellow, a collection of short stories. Her fiction has been published in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, Narrative, Glimmer Train, and many other publications.

About the Narrator

H. P. Mallory is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Jolie Wilkins series as well as the Dulcie O’Neil series. She began her writing career as a self-published author and after reaching a tremendous amount of success, decided to become a traditionally published author and hasn’t looked back since. She lives in Southern California with her husband and son.