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NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2019 BY VANITY FAIR, SOUTHERN LIVING AND LITHUB

 

NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF FEBRUARY BY NYLON AND BUSTLE

“Lindsay Stern’s astute new novel . . . brilliantly captures the fragility of our emotional bonds, but also their ability to weather difficult terrain; there is dry humor here that is particularly welcome when taken on that darkest and sharpest of feelings: love.” —NYLON

“Delightful.” —The New York Post 

 

“A warm, satisfying novel.” —Forbes

“Read immediately.” —Bust Magazine 

 

"At a time when communication failures seem to have reached an all-time high...a reminder that even experts are human, and that we’re all just speaking one awfully confusing animal language." —Vanity Fair

“[A] smart, entertaining and highly readable novel, one that should appeal to a diverse audience.” —New York Journal of Books 

“Paging fans of Lisa Halliday’s Asymmetry: The Study of Animal Languages is a thought-provoking and surefooted debut that balances questions of morality with an affecting emotional arc . . . Lively and compelling.” —BookTrib

“A cerebral cross between Dr. Dolittle and The Good Place . . . Whether you worship Kierkegaard or the Kardashians, The Study of Animal Languages will give you a lot to think about.” —HelloGiggles

“Sharp and witty.” —Into the Void

“[A] fresh take on the unraveling of a relationship and the fragility of our egos.” —Electric Lit 

 

“Thought-provoking…A taut, brainy tale that tracks the breakdown of an academic couple’s marriage while dissecting differences between language and communication, knowledge and truth, madness and inspiration.” –Publishers Weekly

“Stern has skillfully provided a true understanding of how missteps and mistakes can lead to clarity, honesty, and relief — the happiest ending of all.” —Washington Independent Review of Books

 

The Study of Animal Languages is a wise, meditative novel. Though both of the protagonists communicate expertly in their various fields, their dialogue with each other is hopelessly inarticulate, and Stern mines this (and numerous other minutia of love and marriage) with the sure-footed eloquence of an old hand.” —Read It Forward


“Stern’s debut novel is an intimate look at love, language, and their limits.”—LitHub, “Most Anticipated Books of 2019”

“[An] intelligent first novel…The many discussions of communication, animal and human alike, add depth to [Stern’s] depictions of relationships.” —Booklist 

"A feeling portrait of a gifted man coming face to face with his limitations." —Kirkus