Book Review

Review – Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny


Jane easily falls in love with Duncan: he’s charming, good-natured, and handsome. He has also slept with nearly every woman in Boyne City, Michigan.

Jane sees Duncan’s old girlfriends everywhere – at restaurants, at the grocery store, even three towns away. While she may be able to come to terms with dating the world’s most prolific seducer of women, she wishes she didn’t have to share him quite so widely. His ex-wife, Aggie, still has Duncan mow her lawn. And his coworker Jimmy comes and goes from Duncan’s apartment at the most inopportune times. Jane wonders how the relationship is supposed to work with all these people in it. But any notion Jane has of love and marriage changes with one tragic accident. Now her life is permanently intertwined with Duncan’s, Aggie’s, and Jimmy’s, and she knows she will never have Duncan to herself. But is it possible that a deeper kind of happiness is right in front of her eyes?

A novel that is alternately bittersweet and laugh-out-loud funny, Early Morning Riser is Katherine Heiny’s most astonishingly wonderful work to date.

My Review:

Oh my heart! This was the PERFECT book for me, the perfect book to read after Anna Karenina and just the perfect book all around! My heart feels so happy!

Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny is a book about falling in love and wanting to get marry, or learning to love someone who may never want to get marry; it’s about eccentric (and sometimes VERY weird) neighbours nosing about your business; it’s about a small town every day life; it’s about learning to take responsibility and live with the action your loved ones and it’s about loving your family, your friends, even the weird neighbour who never likes garlic bread!

It’s a quiet novel but it makes me feel all the feels. Katherine Heiney has this amazing ability to write about day to day life with such wit and tenderness that I found myself unable to put it down. After reading her last book Standing Novation, I knew I needed to read her new book as I just LOVE her words. She observed life and then gave us stories like these which made us have a avalanche of understanding of our own life. It’s perfect. What’s more, I just love her wit and humour. I have literally laughed out loud so many times. “Taylor Beck got a splinter underneath his thumbnail, and Duncan told the children an inappropriate joke about why squirrels swim on their backs – ‘To keep their nuts dry’.” It was excellent and everything I have wanted from a Katherine Heiney book.

Early Morning Riser is about everyday life. While I was reading the book, I asked myself what part of my day I enjoy the most? Or do i find most significant? For me, I don’t know why but it is the 10 seconds after dinner and watching my little one contently walk to his playpen to play his toys with a full tummy that makes me so happy. Those 10 seconds mean so much to me. It is through the daily chores and ordinary way of life that we find something extraordinary. This is the essence of Early Morning Riser.

I love it so much. Early Morning Riser is out now.

Thank you so much 4th Estate for this amazing copy!

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