Brand New Human Being

Brand New Human Being

by Emily Jeanne Miller
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Brand New Human Being by Emily Jeanne Miller

“Compelling . . . The strength of Brand New Human Being is its realistic portrayal of trauma and its aftermath.” —Washington Post

Stay-at-home dad Logan Pyle is holding his life together by a thread: his larger-than-life father, Gus, has just died, his wife is distant, and his kindergarten-age son has regressed to drinking from a baby bottle and sucking his thumb. Complicating matters further is Bennie, Gus’s beautiful young widow, with whom Logan has a troubled past. When the thread finally snaps, Logan’s actions threaten to tear the family he treasures apart. Carried by Logan’s wry, original voice, this moving debut follows one man’s journey from child to parent.

“Introspective and honest . . . Miller’s novel is sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, but always a worthy, exciting read.” —Siobhan Fallon, author of You Know When the Men Are Gone

“I devoured this novel. Miller’s debut is funny, fast-paced and poignant, and it depicts a father-son relationship unlike any I’ve read before.” —Jim Gavin, author of Middle Men

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547734491
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 06/12/2012
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 740,559
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

EMILY JEANNE MILLER studied religion at Princeton University and worked as a journalist for several newspapers before entering the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Montana. In 2002 she completed an MFA from the University of Florida.

EMILY JEANNE MILLER worked as a journalist for several western newspapers before earning an MS from the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Montana and an MFA from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Her short stories have appeared in the Portland Review and the North American Review, andshe has been a resident at Yaddo and at the Vermont Studio Center. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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Brand New Human Being 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
SiobhanMFallon More than 1 year ago
Emily Jeanne Miller's debut novel tackles the meaning of fatherhood in the modern world, giving readers a flawed protagonist, Logan, who is doing the best he can to keep his family together. The scenes between Logan and his young son are heartbreakingly beautiful as Logan tries to be the kind of father he himself did not have, and yet he never quite hits the mark. Introspective and honest, this novel focuses on the small dramas inside Everyman's living room: the way all parents intend on being better than they are, the way a marriage can start to fray even with the best intentions, the way that love, however allusive it might be, is always worth fighting for. Logan, for all of his misunderstandings and mistakes, grows up himself over the course of the novel, and his journey is a worthy, exciting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had no idea where this book was going or where it would take me, but I do know I couldn't stop reading it. The marital stress brought on by being parents was so relatable (scarily so!) and dead on. The characters were rich and real and evoked strong emotions that I found myself thinking about the wife when not reading the book and hating her while simultaneously understanding what she was going through. There's so much more I could say, but don't want to give away the complicated plot line which is FABULOUS. You won't be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes yes yes. This counts three times for three different cats.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I make a point of reading new authors and, sadly, find many lacking. What I think Emily Jeanne Miller accomplished in her first novel was noteworthy for a number of reasons. In fewer than 300 pages, she managed to introduce the reader to characters who stayed with me and, in two cases, left me concerned about their futures. I finished the book wanting to know what would happen to Logan and his son and perhaps we will find out if the author decides to let us know in her next book. If not, I can speculate and, because they were so effectively presented, that option has its own appeal and is quite possible. I look forward to more from Ms. Miller, hopefully sooner than later.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I DEVOURED this book. I literally couldn't do anything else besides read it--I took it to work to read at my desk while I ate my lunch, and found myself sitting in front of a "sleeping" computer at 2:30 in the afternoon, Brand New Human Being in hand, deadlines looming. And even then, I couldn't put it down. This is the kind of book that leaves you feeling a bit depressed when you are done, but only because you don't get to read any more of it. And yet, the characters live on. Even months after finishing it, I find myself thinking about them and what they were going through, inexplicably wondering how they are doing now. The dialogue is pitch-perfect, real and unforced--the conversations read the way conversations actually sound. And in spite of the fact that the novel is about a difficult time in the main character's life, the author has created a nuanced story is funny and hopeful. She writes so well that I recall the book as if it were a movie: I can literally picture the people and the places she describes. I hope I won't have to wait too long to read another book by Emily Miller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, and the characters have really stayed with me. The author was able to capture the male mind really well with Logan-- you really felt like you could get inside his head and see things through his eyes, through his marriage difficulties, his struggle against his father's memory, and his attempts to be a good father despite those things. And the female characters were really complex and realistic. I found myself really disliking Julie (the wife) at times, but at the same time I understood her perspective and felt for her. The writer was able to tell a meaningful, deep story that really engaged me. I found myself thinking about it even when I wasn't reading it, and I finished it in 2 days. I would really recommend this book and look forward to reading more from this author!
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avidreaderJG More than 1 year ago
This book has been on my "want to read" list for a while. Having just finished it yesterday, I can honestly say I wish I had read it much sooner. This book was so well written that it is hard to believe that it was the author's first novel! Some reviews complain about not enjoying flawed characters. I disagree - these characters are real life. Her writing about fatherhood made me think how amazing that this book was written by a woman - WOW!! I did not want to put this book down even when I was supposed to be doing something else. I am hoping that Emily is hard at work writing her second novel - please!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strange, mismatched eyes peered through a window, then vanished.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes! Stay strong!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I vote yes! We must stay strong!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That counts as twenty say yes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pebblestream: yes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Skystep onetail willowkit rockkit spinkit berryleaf echopaw sparrowpaw and blosomwing all say yes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks to her game room and puts blavk ops 2 in her xbox and sat in her gamer chair. She started playing zombies when she got a phone call. "Can you see im busy killing zombies?!" She yelled at her phone.~Grace
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Yes... i want lilypaw and nightpaw and me to have our own clan or make one up... we ha ve our rites
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The loner pads in. "Mousebrained fools. You might as well be destroying yourselves" she meowed. Even though she was quite young her eyes had the wisdom of age
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I kept reading thinking something exciting was about to happen but it never really did. The trashing the boat was stupid