A laugh-out-loud love story with big ideas - and squirrelsSHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016
Can squirrels speak? Do snails scream?
Will a young couple, newly engaged, make it to their wedding day? Will their dysfunctional families ruin everything? Will they be undone by the advances of a very sexy, very unscrupulous heiress to a pharmaceuticals corporation?
Is getting married even a remotely reasonable idea in the twenty-first century?
And what in the world is a `Veblen' anyway?
`Raw and weird and hilarious' Guardian
`A touching, wildly funny and peculiarly elegant look at the travails of love of all kinds' Sunday Express
`Elizabeth McKenzie is clearly some sort of genius' Paul Murray
`I can't remember a book I enjoyed more' Nina Stibbe
`Seriously funny and extraordinarily well written' Jonathan Franzen, Guardian books of the year
Elizabeth McKenzie's work has appeared in the New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. She received her MA from Stanford, was an assistant fiction editor at The Atlantic, and currently teaches creative writing at Stanford's school of continuing studies.