Nothing to See Here

Nothing to See Here

eBook - 2019
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A New York Times Bestseller • A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!

Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, People, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, TIME, The A.V. Club, Buzzfeed, and PopSugar

"I can't believe how good this book is.... It's wholly original. It's also perfect.... Wilson writes with such a light touch.... The brilliance of the novel [is] that it distracts you with these weirdo characters and mesmerizing and funny sentences and then hits you in a way you didn't see coming. You're laughing so hard you don't even realize that you've suddenly caught fire." —Taffy Brodesser-Akner, author of Fleishman is in Trouble, New York Times Book Review

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Family Fang, a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with a remarkable ability.

Lillian and Madison were unlikely roommates and yet inseparable friends at their elite boarding school. But then Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly in the wake of a scandal and they've barely spoken since. Until now, when Lillian gets a letter from Madison pleading for her help.

Madison's twin stepkids are moving in with her family and she wants Lillian to be their caretaker. However, there's a catch: the twins spontaneously combust when they get agitated, flames igniting from their skin in a startling but beautiful way. Lillian is convinced Madison is pulling her leg, but it's the truth.

Thinking of her dead-end life at home, the life that has consistently disappointed her, Lillian figures she has nothing to lose. Over the course of one humid, demanding summer, Lillian and the twins learn to trust each other—and stay cool—while also staying out of the way of Madison's buttoned-up politician husband. Surprised by her own ingenuity yet unused to the intense feelings of protectiveness she feels for them, Lillian ultimately begins to accept that she needs these strange children as much as they need her—urgently and fiercely. Couldn't this be the start of the amazing life she'd always hoped for?

With white-hot wit and a big, tender heart, Kevin Wilson has written his best book yet—a most unusual story of parental love.


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Nov 15, 2020

Loved this book and laughed out loud and cried. Everyone should read this book

Oct 05, 2020

Compulsively readable, outrageously funny book with a sweet ending. Recommended!

Sep 30, 2020

I did not expect to like this as much as I did! Although this book does have an element of magical realism, it is a surprisingly minor part of the book. It is much more about the relationships between the characters and ended up being very heartfelt. I think this would appeal to a lot of readers.

Sep 24, 2020

A much deeper story than I was expecting! I had a hard time putting the book down and was intrigued the entire time!

Sep 08, 2020

Not the ending I was hoping for, but couldn't put the book down. Let's give it a credit for that.

JCLBetM Aug 25, 2020

A quirky book with hidden depths. I did not expect to like this book, and it probably wasn't until I was about 1/3 in that I started to change my mind. I'm not a big fan of magical realism, but somehow the author's almost nonchalance about kids catching on fire (paired with acknowledgement that it's bizarre) drew me in to the real human issues the story explores.

Aug 13, 2020

This was one of those randomly selected books that you pick and try. I’m so glad I did because it turned out to be just what the doctor ordered. Lol. The main character was so endearing and messed up equal that I want to be friends. I’m definitely going to read more of this authors books. One of the best things if that my favourite score Jason Bateman is in The Fang Family!

Aug 12, 2020

I was skeptical of a book involving magical realism, of which I haven’t had any success, but the reviews made it worth trying. But the story and complicated characters drew me along, and i found it to be one of the better books I’ve read this year.

Jul 31, 2020

I expected this to be funny, but it was actually quite tender and sweet.

Jul 30, 2020

I read (listened to it) for book club I really liked it.

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ArapahoeAnnaL Jan 06, 2020

And if I'd driven to the basket right then, I would have hit an easy layup, but I let her recover. I drove and then did my... And when Madison felt that pressure from me, that movement, she turned and ran to the basket, too... I was about to reach it when I felt something hard slam into my face, and all these stars blasted into my head, this stinging pain... 'She hit you in the face,' Bessie said, 'with her elbow.' 'It was an accident, of course,' Madison said. 'shit, I'm sorry, Lillian.'


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