Books from the Backlog #169

Posted July 8, 2021 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 11 Comments

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #169Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
Published by HarperCollins on October 29, 2021
Genres: Fiction / Family Life / General, Fiction / Humorous / General, Fiction / Literary
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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Kevin Wilson’s best book yet—a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with remarkable and disturbing abilities

Lillian and Madison were the unlikeliest of roommates at their elite boarding school: Madison, the daughter of a prominent Atlanta family, being groomed for greatness; Lillian, a scholarship student, plucked out of nowhere based solely on her intellect and athletic prowess. The two were as tight as could be, reveling in their unique weirdnesses, until Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly.

Years later, the two have lost touch, but Madison writes and begs Lillian for help. Her husband’s twin stepkids are moving in with them and she wants Lillian to be their caretaker. However, there’s a catch: the twins can spontaneously combust when they get agitated, flames igniting from their skin in a disturbing but beautiful way.

Disbelieving at first but ultimately too intrigued by these strange children, Lillian agrees. And as they hunker down in the pool house, Lillian and the twins learn to trust each other—and stay cool—just as Madison’s family is bracing for a major announcement. It all seems impossible to manage, but Lillian soon accepts that she and the children need each other, urgently and fiercely.With a white-hot wit and a big, tender heart, Kevin Wilson has written a most unusual story of deep parental love that proves to be his best book yet.

Why did I add Nothing to See Here to my bookshelf?

I bought this book largely because it sounded kind of weird. I tend to enjoy weird books so how could I resist a story about kids who spontaneously combust? I added a copy to my Book of the Month box and put the book on the shelf where it has sat ever since. Based on my past behavior, I like to buy Book of the Month books but I don’t often get around to reading them. I should work on changing that soon!

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?

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11 responses to “Books from the Backlog #169

  1. Yeah, that does sound a bit different. I can see why you wanted it. LOL, I don’t do book of the month, but I’ve bought books plenty of times and left them sit on the shelf. Hopefully, you’ll get in the mood for weird and go for this one. 🙂

  2. Debbie Haupt

    I have not seen or read the book but it looks interesting Carole 🙂

  3. I remember when this one came out because of the cover. I thought it sounded interesting at the time but never read any reviews on it. I hope you read it and share your thoughts!