Who are the: Unlikely Animals

A Novel

by Annie Hartnett

#UnlikelyAnimals #NetGalley

This unique and quirky novel was a book club pick for Good Housekeeping. It tells the story of Emma. She is a young woman who has had her struggles. She has left medical school and seemingly has lost her way.

Emma returns to the place where she grew up. Things are no easier there. Emma’s father is dying. Emma’s mother judges her. Emma’s brother has issues. Emma’s good friend is missing. There is much to cause despair.

This is a novel that invites readers into a world and asks them to consider some big issues. This is all done in a work that is both funny and heartbreaking at times as readers spend time with both human and animal characters.

Many thanks to Random House-Ballantine and NetGalley for this title. All opinions are my own.

Pub date: 12 April 2022. 345 pages

From the Publisher

Kevin Wilson says, "This novel possesses such tenderness and empathy.”
Kristen Arnett says, "A delightful mess of tenderness, grief, and most importantly, hope." Kristen Arnett says, "A delightful mess of tenderness, grief, and most importantly, hope." Jeff VanderMeer  says, "Please, please read this marvelous book."

Editorial Reviews


“A quirky, poignant novel about family, community and love for our animal friends.”—The Washington Post

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