Bunny was incredible and so when I first heard that Mona Awad was coming out with a new book, I watched the request options like a hawk until I saw it pop up and I am so thankful that Netgalley and the publisher got me early access to this incredible work!
I LOVE the weird, sort of trippy, writing style that Mona Awad has. I have never read anything like her style before and it is unique and wild and clicks with me so well.
In this story, our MC Miranda, is dealing with chronic pain due to the fall out of a fall off stage she had which for all intents and purposes put a stop to her acting career.
After several doctor visits, a failed marriage, and numerous physical therapy visits Miranda has had it. She is sick of being seen as unworthy by others.
I feel this one is best to go in mostly blind, but I will say that Miranda has a position as a professor in the theater department at the local school and she desperately wants the students to perform the play “All’s Well” and they don’t want to perform that play…and everything sort of goes into wild ride mode from there.
I can’t always predict where a story from Awad is going and while I had a pretty good idea where some of it was going, I definitely was surprised multiple times!
Very highly recommend if you think you can handle reading very detailed descriptions of physical pain. Seriously, my back, hip, and foot actually hurt a few times while reading this as the descriptions are so well done.
I am a HUGE fan of Mona Awad and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!
💣 Trigger Warning: Drug abuse and ongoing medical/health issues. 💣
Miranda Fitch’s life is a waking nightmare. The accident that ended her burgeoning acting career left her with excruciating, chronic back pain, a failed marriage, and a deepening dependence on painkillers. And now she’s on the verge of losing her job as a college theater director. Determined to put on Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, the play that promised, and cost, her everything, she faces a mutinous cast hellbent on staging Macbeth instead. Miranda sees her chance at redemption slip through her fingers.
That’s when she meets three strange benefactors who have an eerie knowledge of Miranda’s past and a tantalizing promise for her future: one where the show goes on, her rebellious students get what’s coming to them, and the invisible, doubted pain that’s kept her from the spotlight is made known.
With prose Margaret Atwood has described as “no punches pulled, no hilarities dodged…genius,” Mona Awad has concocted her most potent, subversive novel yet. All’s Well is the story of a woman at her breaking point and a formidable, piercingly funny indictment of our collective refusal to witness and believe female pain.
Page Count: 352
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Expected Publication Date: August 3rd, 2021