Dinosaurs: A Novel (Hardcover)
October 2022 Indie Next List
“Only Lydia Millet can make me love a rich guy protagonist. Dinosaurs is a short, wonderful book told with keen sensitivity to the characters and the natural world around them. Millet’s brief and bright sentences carry so much in them.”
— Anton Bogomazov, Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington, DC
Named one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2022 by Boston Globe, Literary Hub and The Millions
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.
Her exquisite new novel 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.
Dinosaurs is both sharp-edged and tender, an emotionally moving, intellectually resonant novel that asks: In the shadow of existential threat, where does hope live?
About the Author
Lydia Millet is the author of A Children's Bible, a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top 10 book of 2020, among other works of fiction. She has won awards from PEN Center USA and the American Academy of Arts and Letters and been shortlisted for the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her story collection Love in Infant Monkeys was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.
[E]nfolds thematic and psychological depths in elegant, deceptively simply prose…. Another life-affirming work from a writer who always carves her own literary path.
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Millet returns with a brilliant story of survival, one subtler and more effective than the NBA-shortlisted A Children’s Bible (2020).…This wonderful and dynamic writer is at the top of her game.
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
[A]n intriguing portrait of a lonesome man trying to do good in a grim world.
— Donna Seaman - Booklist (starred review)
Tender but never sentimental, wearing its intelligence in a low-slung style, Dinosaurs is a garden of earthly delights.
— Laura Mechling - Vogue
Deceptively simple and quietly lovely.
— Adrienne Westenfeld - Esquire