Nothing to See Here

Nothing to See Here

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"Kevin Wilson's best book yet--a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with remarkable and disturbing abilities... Lillian and Madison were the unlikeliest of roommates at their elite boarding school: Madison, the daughter of a prominent Atlanta family, being groomed for greatness; Lillian, a scholarship student, plucked out of nowhere based solely on her intellect and athletic prowess. The two were as tight as could be, reveling in their unique weirdnesses, until Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly. Years later, the two have lost touch, but Madison writes and begs Lillian for help. Her husband's twin stepkids are moving in with them and she wants Lillian to be their caretaker. However, there's a catch: the twins can spontaneously combust when they get agitated, flames igniting from their skin in a disturbing but beautiful way. Disbelieving at first but ultimately too intrigued by these strange children, Lillian agrees. And as they hunker down in the pool house, Lillian and the twins learn to trust each other--and stay cool--just as Madison's family is bracing for a major announcement. It all seems impossible to manage, but Lillian soon accepts that she and the children need each other, urgently and fiercely. With a white-hot wit and a big, tender heart, Kevin Wilson has written a most unusual story of deep parental love that proves to be his best book yet"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019
ISBN: 9780062913463
Characteristics: 254 pages ; 22 cm

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Here's a parenting challenge for you - the two children in this novel burst into flame when they get agitated. How many times would your children have caught on fire today?


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CORI D. MORRIS
Apr 06, 2020

Loved this book. So profound and well written, raising questions of who we are whole also asking what it takes to raise children. Does it take a good person? Or just someone who’s willing to try? It observes characters and situations without being strange, and the prose is so incredible. There is literally nothing wrong with this book, except that it's too short! I really loved this book and I wish it would be made into a movie!

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NB_Books
Apr 04, 2020

I came in expecting a big ol funny bag o laughs about children on fire, but it ended up being more sad and profound than my feeble heart expected.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Mar 16, 2020

Suuuuper weird, but delightfully so. Quirky and fun! Who wouldn't love hanging out with a couple of children who can sometimes spontaneously burst into flames?

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JerryJennings
Feb 28, 2020

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson is a great read. Wilson crafts a story that is both - a few parts fantasy and several parts reality. He captured my attention and held it with characters and situations that made me want to read more. And when I finished this work of fiction I find myself - grateful for the “ride”.

I found Wilson’s work to reveal so much about his characters, their sense of self, and each of their unique journeys - to be refreshing. I recommend this book.

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cklumpar
Feb 13, 2020

So, so good. I wanted to be longer so I could spend more time with the great writing and with these characters, but really it's perfect as is.

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rexhazell
Feb 09, 2020

Makes you want to get to the finish, and a quick read, but didn't seem to be a story worth stretching to novel length. This writer has good reviews for other of his titles, so I'll try one of those. Hopefully this is the low end of his ability - I hope so, because this book, although entertaining, isn't a LOL work as the review blurbs suggest, but more of a 'I started reading this so I'm willing to get to the end' title.

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bethgarza24
Jan 13, 2020

New & Notable - Feb 2020

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midori_hon
Jan 11, 2020

so intentionally quirky and weird but also oddly endearing.

ArapahoeAnnaL Jan 06, 2020

The narrator has a heart large enough to overlook the poverty and betrayals of her own childhood and focus on nurturing two neglected children to health.

CPL_Laura Dec 30, 2019

A peculiar and haunting novel about a young woman whose wealthy former roommate recruits her to care for her step-children, who periodically burst into flames. Recommend to fans of Katherine Dunn, Elizabeth McCracken, Aimee Bender and Sayaka Murata.

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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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