Early Morning Riser - Katherine Heiny

Early Morning Riser

By Katherine Heiny

  • Release Date: 2021-04-13
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 157 Ratings


“The funniest novel of the year.” –The Washington Post
A Good Morning America Buzz Pick
A New York Post Best New Novel * An Esquire Best Book of 2021 * An E! News Best Book of April * An Apartment Therapy Best Book of April * A Popsugar Best Book of April * A Newsweek Book to Read * A New York Times Book to Watch For * A Parade Favorite Book of Spring * A Washington Post Best Book to Read in April * A Kirkus Best Book to Read in April * A Daily Skimm Read
A wise, bighearted, boundlessly joyful novel of love, disaster, and unconventional family

Jane falls in love with Duncan easily. He is charming, good-natured, and handsome but unfortunately, he has also slept with nearly every woman in Boyne City, Michigan. Jane sees Duncan's old girlfriends everywhere--at restaurants, at the grocery store, even three towns away.

While Jane may be able to come to terms with dating the world's most prolific seducer of women, she wishes she did not have to share him quite so widely. His ex-wife, Aggie, a woman with shiny hair and pale milkmaid skin, still has Duncan mow her lawn. His coworker, Jimmy, comes and goes from Duncan's apartment at the most inopportune times. Sometimes Jane wonders if a relationship can even work with three people in it--never mind four. Five if you count Aggie's eccentric husband, Gary. Not to mention all the other residents of Boyne City, who freely share with Jane their opinions of her choices.

But any notion Jane had of love and marriage changes with one terrible car crash. Soon Jane's life is permanently intertwined with Duncan's, Aggie's, and Jimmy's, and Jane knows she will never have Duncan to herself. But could it be possible that a deeper kind of happiness is right in front of Jane's eyes? A novel that is alternately bittersweet and laugh-out-loud funny, Katherine Heiny's Early Morning Riser is her most astonishingly wonderful work to date.


  • Fantastic

    By gray51830
    My favorite book of the year.
  • Unforgettable Characters and Stories

    By Trish.Pr
    If you love character-driven novels, or have already read a Katherine Heiny novel before, you will love this one. The characters lift off the page. Heiny shows you who they are, doesn’t tell you, and I appreciate that so much. Although some may categorize this as a “romance” novel, it’s truly about found-family and growing and learning to love the quirky, unique, sometimes annoying and intolerable people who make up your “village”.
  • Surprising

    By r0say8
    As I started to read this book I thought, “oh no this is going to be cheesy”, and then like “the flip switching and cartwheels becoming possible”, I wound up loving every quirky character in this touching story. Just loved it!
  • Don’t waste your time...

    By #FreeBird
    Undeveloped characters with absolutely no plot...waste of time and money...don’t bother...