"Greenwood’s powerful, provocative debut chronicles a desolate childhood and a discomfiting love affair... It’s no storybook romance, but the novel closes on a note of hard-won serenity, with people who deserve a second chance gathered together....Intelligent, honest, and unsentimental."
~Kirkus Reviews (STARRED)
"Captivating and smartly written from the first page, Greenwood’s work is instantly absorbing. This book won’t pull at heartstrings but instead yank out the entire organ and shake it about before lodging it back in an unfamiliar position."
~Christina Ledbetter, The Associated Press
"A memorable coming-of-age tale about loyalty, defiance, and the power of love under the most improbable circumstances."
"An emotionally resonant novel with an unlikely cast of characters you won’t soon forget. Bryn Greenwood’s unique voice and her understanding of human nature offer an amazing tale of family, loss, and love that’s as unpredictable and inspiring as love itself."
~Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader
"Written in lyrical and searingly honest prose, Bryn Greenwood tells a powerful story of love and resilience against the bleakest of backdrops. Like the best fiction, this is a novel that means to disturb and challenge as it forces us to look with compassion on every last one of its flawed, memorable characters. I was captivated from the first page to the last."
~Patry Francis, author of The Orphans of Race Point
“Achingly raw and beautifully written, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is both a hypnotic coming-of-age story and a heartbreaking tragedy. Greenwood’s emotional prose and her well-drawn characters immediately drew me in and kept me captivated. I’m still thinking about Wavy, and her ugly and wonderful world, long after I’ve turned the last page.”
~Jillian Cantor, author of Margot and The Hours Count
“Throughout the book, Greenwood challenges the ways we glorify tragedy by patronizing those who experience it and insisting on their victimhood before personhood. The result is a challenging, brain-addling novel, one that shocks us less with its content than its intimacy.”
~Liz Cook, Kansas City Star
Greenwood ... astounds in creating a world where assorted murderers, felons, and thieves are sympathetic ... the writing is direct and muscular, a snake with all the slithery danger of a coiled rattler on a hot rock.