Kevin Wilson is the author of the novels The Family Fang, a New York Times bestseller and a best book of the year in Time, People, Salon, and Esquire; and Perfect Little World. His story collection, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, received an Alex Award from the American Library Association as well as the Shirley Jackson Award. He teaches fiction at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife and two sons.
"[A] moving novel about love, parenting, and the families we create for ourselves."--Library Journal "Sweet and thoroughly satisfying. . . . Wilson grounds his premise in credible human motivations and behavior, resulting in a memorable cast of characters."--Publishers Weekly "Bittersweet. . . . Wilson delves into the drama and tensions inherent in this strange aquarium. . . . A moving and sincere reflection on what it truly means to be a family--Kirkus, Starred Review "Stellar. . . . Compelling. . . . Realer and wiser and sadder and eventually reassuring about human nature than dozens of other novels."--Booklist, Starred Review "In light and lively prose that practically tap dances on the page, Wilson shrewdly probes the intricate tensions and machinations that lie at the core of this eccentric family unit. . . . A provocative and uplifting read."--Bookpage "Wilson does an incredible job of telling a compelling story while addressing important social issues. . . . Thought-provoking.--Deep South Magazine "The compensation is a greater richness in the characters, and a refreshingly un-ironic attitude toward love--Knoxville News-Sentinel "Family is far more than a biological bond; that's not a groundbreaking idea. But Wilson has found a lovely new way of telling readers something they know by heart."--Houston Chronicle "The sheer energy of imagination in Wilson's work makes other writers of realistic fiction look lazy. . . . The novel's grand finale . . . reminds us that not everything unpredictable is painful or bad, and that conventional arrangements have no monopoly on the profound connections that make family."--Newsday "Quirky. . . . Wilson's Perfect Little World finds its bliss in the vast disconnect between people's best intentions and where they land."--Entertainment Weekly "Persistently compassionate. . . . Wilson's best moments are funny and earnest. . . . [His] crisp language and smart plotting make Perfect Little World immensely likable and absolutely enjoyable."--GQ "Delicious. . . . Wilson is such an inventive and witty writer. . . . [His] 'perfect little world' of a novel pretty much lives up to its title."--NPR "Charming. . . . Wilson pulls off his sweet-and-tart tone. . . . The novel delights in the project's Willy Wonkaesque sense of antic chaos."--Washington Post "Wild. . . . [A] provocative read."--People "A good story, and even better storytelling."--John Irving, The New York Times Book Review