It's about a woman who's afraid of her son, uneasy about motherhood, and envious of her wife. Funny? Heartbreaking? This could really go either way, and knowing Kristen Arnett, it'll be a little bit of both in a surprising and delightful way
Kristen Arnett is wickedly talented and a wholly original voice
The beloved author behind Mostly Dead Things returns with a story of a queer family and the picture-perfect life they can't quite create. Raising their son Samson in the warmth of Florida, Sammie and Monika want to be the ideal lesbian couple. But Samson is distant, maybe even dangerous, and as he grows older he becomes downright hostile. As their relationships fall apart, Sammie must untangle how her family became this messy - and whether there's any way to fix it
With Teeth is a wonderfully sticky novel about motherhood, partnership, sex and love. Kristen Arnett lets her characters have the run of the place, and it's delicious fun to watch them do, say, and think things they'll regret
From the very wise, very funny Kristen Arnett, With Teeth is as exhilaratingly candid as it is morally complex. Three cheers for this enthralling new book, which affirms my status as a card-carrying, rip-roaring, lifelong admirer of Arnett's writing
A darkly funny, brutally honest story about a woman undone by motherhood. Kristen Arnett grapples with the big questions: Is any child essentially unlovable? What does a happy ending look like? With Teeth digs in deep and doesn't let go. I truly loved it
It can be hard to escape the belief that other peoples' lives are better, more fulfilling, and more organized than our own. There is something refreshing, even comforting, about this story, a complicated portrait of parenthood in all its unruly beauty
A gripping read . . . Unabashedly queer, probing and unafraid . . . Exceedingly engaging
Sublimely weird, fluently paced, brazenly funny and gayer still, and it richly deserves to find readers
A beautiful, startling demystification of queer family . . . a portrait of a woman who is, at once, wholly ordinary and not quite like any literary mother who came before
Absolutely captivating and scathingly frank . . . Arnett is that rare, brave writer willing to articulate the darkest thoughts even the best parents entertain while trudging along through the most challenging job in the world
Come for the wackiness and wonder of queer family dynamics, stay for the poignant portrait of motherhood on the brink
As a writer, Kristen Arnett excels at the 'sublimely weird' and extremely gay, and her new novel is no exception.
Arnett proves so adept at staging sensuous tragicomedies against the often freakish backdrop of Florida...Come for the wackiness and wonder of queer family dynamics, stay for the poignant portrait of motherhood on the brink.
'This was a story of heartbreak, adversity and slight fear, and Arnett has crafted such significant characters to show that while things can work out, not everything does.'