Brand New Human Being by Emily Jeanne Miller

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When your compass is taken away, how do you navigate? Stay-at-home dad Logan Pyle is holding his life together by a thread: his larger-than-life father, Gus, has just died, his wife is distant, and his kindergarten-age son has regressed to drinking from a baby bottle and sucking his thumb. Complicating matters further is Bennie, Gus’s beautiful young widow, with whom Logan has a troubled past. When the thread finally snaps, Logan’s actions threaten to tear the family he treasures apart. Carried by Logan’s wry, original voice, this moving debut follows one man’s journey from child to parent.

About Emily Jeanne Miller

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Emily Jeanne Miller worked as a journalist for several western newspapers before earning an MS from the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Montana and an MFA from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Her short stories have appeared in The Portland Review and the North American Review, and she has been a resident at Yaddo and at the Vermont Studio Center. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Published June 12, 2012 by Mariner Books. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As Miller’s debut novel opens, narrator Logan Pyle is just barely keeping it together as a stay-at-home dad.

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The portrayals of young Owen and particularly Julie, however, remain largely flat, leaving readers to wonder whether narrator Logan will ever see his family with as much clarity as he hopes to view his own history.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

His widow Bennie, son Logan and daughter-in-law Julie have structured their lives around Gus’ long illness, and without him they are lost.

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Although Logan needs to be less of a jerk, it is hoped that he will be a stronger person after dealing with his father’s death.

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