AWP Award Series in the Novel
MOTHERLUNGE is an eloquent and irreverent debut novel about first sex, true love, chronic sibling rivalry; it’s about the deepest fear of young (and not-so-young) adulthood: the fear of inheriting a disappointing life. It's motherly advice, too—featuring wigs, dogs, road trips, and medicine—a guide to the essential experiences of being female, "born unto a librarian, named for the goddess of sight,” waiting for the future to arrive. With sly wit and surprising joy, MOTHERLUNGE considers the flaws in the family line and celebrates the promise that staggers alongside.
Funny and smart…in Thea and those around her Scott has created characters we believe in and wish well, characters who feel real—strange and sad and happy, like real people are.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review, “Pick of the Week”)
Impressive...Scott, winner of the AWP Prize in the Novel, renders wonderfully offbeat characters in crisp, polished prose.
—Booklist (starred review)
Told with dazzling prose, Motherlunge is a wry, luminous exploration of the legacy of motherhood—here, about the afflictions that may cycle through generations. This is a thoroughly engaging novel, with wonderful turns of phrase in every sentence, and its witty humor announces a welcome new voice in American fiction, full of charm and tender wisdom.
—Don Lee, author of The Collective
…voice is where Kirstin Scott astonishes, both in the gutsy yet precise and lyrical voice of her narrator Thea, and in the brilliantly realized voices that Scott bestows on the rest of Thea’s family. Here we have a tribe of mothers-gone-wrong and their sidelined, well-meaning, hapless men – and yet, owing to the sheer inventiveness of Scott’s prose style, the family portrait that emerges is almost (well, not quite) affirmative. We believe in these characters and even believe that some good – some human equivalent of that ribald, generous and knowing voice -- will come out of all this.
—Jaimy Gordon, author of Lord of Misrule
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Published January 8, 2012
by New Issues Poetry & Prose.
Literature & Fiction.