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Publisher's Summary

“The funniest novel of the year.” –The Washington Post 

New York Post Best New Novel * An Esquire Best Book of 2021 * An E! News Best Book of April * An Apartment Therapy Best Book of April * A Popsugar Best Book of April * A Newsweek Book to Read * A New York Times Book to Watch For * A Parade Favorite Book of Spring * A Washington Post Best Book to Read in April * A Kirkus Best Book to Read in April * A Daily Skimm Read

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.

©2021 Katherine Heiny (P)2021 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"Gold in the Air 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, best-selling author of Friends and Strangers)

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  • MaryinSt.Louis
  • 2021-04-19

I didn’t want this book to end

What a wonderful week I spent with these people. They will be with me always.

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  • Minneapolis listener
  • 2021-04-18

Fantastic!

Always interesting, deceptively simple but beautiful prose, and characters so specifically and brightly drawn they will never leave me. What an achievement!

Congratulations Katherine Heiny. Plus the narration by Kate Rudd is flawless.

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  • Betsy
  • 2021-04-22

Warm & Charming

I loved Janes relationship with Jimmy. Jimmy is a lucky man to have such a loving family AND the family is lucky to have Jimmy’s positive & bright perspective. The story reads melodiously. Smooth simple & clear. I was happy to come back to it throughout.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-05-03

First 2021 Disappointment

There is not one likeable quality in this main character. Not one. I finished the entire book just to find out if maybe, just maybe, there would be a change! With so many books out to read I seriously wouldn't waste any time on this one, I really don't like to say this. The narrator's inflections for different characters were on point but she was so dreary. That could very well be that she didn't have a whole lot to work with but it was bad nonetheless.

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  • 2021-05-03

Good characters, thin plot

Lovely character development but there were sections that dragged—particularly all the classroom scenes—and overall, I found the plot a little less than compelling.

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  • J
  • 2021-04-29

Loosely woven

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  • JoAnn
  • 2021-04-23

Not my usual

I enjoyed
Listening to this book for several reasons. The narrated had a special kind of voice that draws you in. Second the story was well thought out and made you like these people.
I guess third because it was a gentle tale of family and friends and how they related by gathering face to face. Something we haven’t been able to do much of this past year. People caring about others.