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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things (Hardcover)

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This is the most twisted, heartwrenching love story ever! You will feel such compassion for young Wavy as she struggles to simply survive her upbringing amid verbal and physical abuse, a mentally unstable mother, profound neglect, drug abuse and prostitution. For Wavy, there is no one she can trust and no one watching out for her. Until she meets Kellen. The gentle giant many years her senior who is battling demons of his own. Yet the connection between Kellen and Wavy is instant and intense. As their relationship progresses through the turmoil of their lives, you will be filled with equal parts hope for Wavy's happiness and dread for what their relationship means to the rest of the world. Raw and gritty with firm strokes of breathless tenderness. I will not soon forget the story of Wavy.

— Melanie Green

This is the most twisted, heartwrenching love story ever! You will feel such compassion for young Wavy as she struggles to simply survive her upbringing amid verbal and physical abuse, a mentally unstable mother, profound neglect, drug abuse and prostitution. For Wavy, there is no one she can trust and no one watching out for her. Until she meets Kellen. The gentle giant many years her senior who is battling demons of his own. Yet the connection between Kellen and Wavy is instant and intense. As their relationship progresses through the turmoil of their lives, you will be filled with equal parts hope for Wavy's happiness and dread for what their relationship means to the rest of the world. Raw and gritty with firm strokes of breathless tenderness. I will not soon forget the story of Wavy.

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A beautiful and provocative love story between two unlikely people and the hard-won relationship that elevates them above the Midwestern meth lab backdrop of their lives.

As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house, until one night her star gazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.

By the time Wavy is a teenager, her relationship with Kellen is the only tender thing in a brutal world of addicts and debauchery. When tragedy rips Wavy's family apart, a well-meaning aunt steps in, and what is beautiful to Wavy looks ugly under the scrutiny of the outside world. A powerful novel you won t soon forget, Bryn Greenwood's All the Ugly and Wonderful Things challenges all we know and believe about love.

About the Author


Bryn Greenwood is a fourth-generation Kansan, and the daughter of a mostly reformed drug dealer. She earned an MA from Kansas State University and continues to work in academia as an administrator. She is the author of Last Will and All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in The New York Times, Chiron Review, Kansas Quarterly, Karamu, and The Battered Suitcase. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250074133
ISBN-10: 1250074134
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: August 9th, 2016
Pages: 352
Language: English