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Contemporary Fiction

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

by Bryn Greenwood

Quick take

The ultimate noir fairy tale...if you fell for Beauty and the Beast (and who didn't?) you will fall for this very offbeat pair.

Why I love it

Prepare yourself for one of the strangest but also one of the most genuine, and unforgettable, love stories you'll ever read. Bryn Greenwood's pristine, evocative writing is perfect for creating this deeply hypnotic tale about love found in the most unlikely of places - a backwoods meth lab in the rural Midwest.

Wavy is the daughter of a man who runs the meth lab. Her circumscribed world is woef...

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  • Karin N.

    Chicago, IL

    "The storyline should, and does, disturb the reader, however the author writes her characters with so much openness that compassion seeps through. A novel that will make you think."

  • Colleen K.

    Iowa City, IA

    "This has been my very favorite BOTM selection. A twisted fairytale of a silent blonde urchin, her biker guardian angel, a meth lab, and a love story that transcends the grime of this sad reality. "

  • Sara P.

    Cincinnati , OH

    "Wow "

  • Jessica S.

    New Bedford, MA

    "This book took me awhile to get through,but not in a bad way. It was a very unique story that brought up lots of emotions and different ways to think about some uncomfortable and tricky situations."

  • shana P.

    Chicago , IL

    "I adored this book. Best thing I read in 2016, by a lot."

  • Amanda B.

    Tampa, FL

    "This book made me cringe A LOT but you just really wanted to know more about this young woman."

  • Wendy O.

    Henderson, NV

    "This is my favorite book so far. Very thought provoking."

  • Ashley B.

    Lakewood, CO

    "An amazing story of respect and love in a situation that appears to be the exact opposite. Both heart-breaking and heart-warming."

  • Tyler O.

    Hollywood, FL

    "This was a GREAT story - it was an unconventional love story and I appreciated the intricate storytelling and evolution of the characters and writing over the course of the novel!"

  • Katie G.

    Birmingham, AL

    "Eye opening, very thought provoking. Completely different narrative than anything else out there."

  • Shandea S.

    Montrose, CO

    ""I'm as real as you are." Brilliant writing about difficult situations. Favorite book of 2016"