Lydia Millet


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W.W. Norton and Company
29 September 2023
ISBN: 9781324066125
256 pages

From the publisher

One of NPR's Books We Love for 2022 

New Yorker Best Books of 2022 So Far 

One of Time's 100 Must-Read Books of 2022 

A stunning new novel from the author of A Children’s Bible

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 neighbours 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?

"Minimalist, well-crafted…Millet is exceptionally skilled at what she does." — Sandra Newman, The Guardian

"Dinosaurs solidifies a new phase of Millet’s career.…The spaciousness of the style makes the sense of loss richer and the questions posed—what constitutes moral action, how best can we help one another—at once simpler and more profound…. Millet’s g" — Christine Smallwood, The New York Times