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New World Monkeys

Best Seller
New World Monkeys by Nancy Mauro
Sep 15, 2009 | ISBN 9780307461438

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Named one of the Best Books of 2009 by Publishers Weekly

Featured in USA Today’s New Voices

“NEW WORLD MONKEYS belongs to a distinct subgenre that we don’t see too often anymore: Educated-Women’s Lit….closely resembles the works of Alison Lurie,  Diane Johnson and  Alice Adams.”
Washington Post

“A debut novel that cannily and artfully shows the wild side of human nature. . . .With narration that sounds at times like the work of Zadie Smith, NEW WORLD MONKEYS weaves a funny and macabre tale.”

“[A] trippy, hilarious debut.”
MORE Magazine

“Nancy Mauro’s darkly comedic debut novel quickly veers from one eccentric plot twist to another, making for a fascinating and compelling read.”
—Very Short List

“Unabashedly eccentric. . . . fun, funny, and touching — a great summer book.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Debut novelist Mauro perfectly balances humor and soulfulness in this poisonously funny, torchlight eerie, psychologically astute tale of archaic instincts, deviance, and violence. A provocative tale of evolutionary short-circuits and the wildness that flows beneath civilization’s flimsy veneer.”
Booklist (starred review)

“A onetime advertising executive herself, [Mauro] offers a knowingly damning portrait of Duncan’s profession–her delineation of people slipping into a kind of subhuman, pre-rational state is chilling. It’s also frequently very funny and strangely moving . . . A brave and accomplished debut: weird, disturbing and intensely engaging.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Nancy Mauro is a writer of rare and refined talent. This novel is a beautiful work of cunning and pathos. With her flawless prose she opens bare the hearts of her characters, their vain desires and everyday tragedies.”
—Anthony Swofford, New York Times bestselling author of Jarhead and Exit A

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