“A fast-paced, first-rate book by an immensely talented new writer.” —Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Prep
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.
“Compelling . . . The strength of Brand New Human Being is its realistic portrayal of trauma and its aftermath.” —Washington Post
“Introspective and honest . . . Miller’s novel is sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, but always a worthy, exciting read.” —Siobhan Fallon, author of You Know When the Men Are Gone
“I devoured this novel. Miller’s debut is funny, fast-paced and poignant, and it depicts a father-son relationship unlike any I’ve read before.” —Jim Gavin, author of Middle Men
About the Author
Emily Jeanne Miller
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, andshe has been a resident at Yaddo and at the Vermont Studio Center. She lives in Washington, D.C.
"A fast-paced tale of family life."
-- Real Simple
"What a treat to read Miller's whip-smart first novel. Brand New Human Being gripped me with its wry humor and wonderfully real characters, and kept me captivated until the last page. This is a fast-paced, first-rate book by an immensely talented new writer."
“Miller's debut novel tackles the meaning of parenthood in the modern world. Introspective and honest, it focuses on the small dramas inside Everyman's living room: the way all parents strive to be better than they are, the way a marriage can start to fray even with the best intentions, and the way love, however elusive, is always worth fighting for. Miller’s novel is sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, but always a worthy, exciting read.”"
--Siobhan Fallon, author of You Know When the Men are Gone
The strength of BRAND NEW HUMAN BEING is its realistic portrayal of trauma and its aftermath
. Death, birth, disease and survival all have their messy consequences in these pages. Miller...is especially good at showing the sloppy nature of relationships in the wake of upheaval."
"Touching...Miller explores Logan’s resentments and insecurities with sensitivity and nuance."
"Miller is at her best in scenes with Logan and Owen together—dad’s brutal honesty with his son about death in general (and Owen’s near-death experience in particular) exposes the depths of his emotional frustration...the first-person-present narration gives the novel a breezy energy. A solid debut..."