With Teeth (Hardcover)

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Sammie and her wife Monika had dreams of being the "perfect gay family" after the birth of their son Samson. Arnett examines her characters with tenderness, even in their most difficult moments, as Sammie begins a slow, sometimes awkward and painful trudge, toward happiness.

— Kathy -- Adult Frontlist Buyer


"A gripping read...Unabashedly queer, probing and unafraid...Exceedingly engaging." -USA Today

"Sublimely weird, fluently paced, brazenly funny and gayer still, and it richly deserves to find readers." -New York Times

From the author of the New York Times-bestselling sensation Mostly Dead Things a surprising and moving story of two mothers, one difficult son, and the limitations of marriage, parenthood, and love

If she's being honest, Sammie Lucas is scared of her son. Working from home in the close quarters of their Florida house, she lives with one wary eye peeled on Samson, a sullen, unknowable boy who resists her every attempt to bond with him. Uncertain in her own feelings about motherhood, she tries her best--driving, cleaning, cooking, prodding him to finish projects for school--while growing increasingly resentful of Monika, her confident but absent wife. As Samson grows from feral toddler to surly teenager, Sammie's life begins to deteriorate into a mess of unruly behavior, and her struggle to create a picture-perfect queer family unravels. When her son's hostility finally spills over into physical aggression, Sammie must confront her role in the mess--and the possibility that it will never be clean again.

Blending the warmth and wit of Arnett's breakout hit, Mostly Dead Things, with a candid take on queer family dynamics, With Teeth is a thought-provoking portrait of the delicate fabric of family--and the many ways it can be torn apart.

About the Author

Kristen Arnett is the author of the New York Times-bestselling novel Mostly Dead Things and the story collection Felt in the Jaw. A queer writer based in Florida, she has written for The New York Times, Guernica, BuzzFeed, McSweeney's, The Guardian, Salon, and elsewhere. She has been a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and a winner of the Ninth Letter Literary Award in Fiction and the Coil Book Award.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593191507
ISBN-10: 0593191501
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: June 1st, 2021
Pages: 304
Language: English