For Standard Deviation

“Readers searching for a blissful summer novel, a polished delight, look no further.” 
—The Washington Post

“It is easier to catalog this novel’s individual sly charms than it is to nail down the essential, quicksilver thing that makes it such a success.”
—New York Times Book Review

Katherine Heiny’s novel is a comic masterpiece and her Audra is the funniest heroine ever. A faltering marriage, a vulnerable child, an origami class full of seriously weird loners – dark material transformed into pure gold by Heiny’s spot-on comic timing.”
The Guardian

“Katherine Heiny’s debut novel is not only one of the funniest books you will ever read, but true and poignant, too. And Audra is one of the most memorable comic characters ever to leap from the pages of a book.”
 —Daily Mail

“Provided you’re not embarrassed by laughing loudly in public, Katherine Heiny’s tale is the best feel-good novel around this year.”                                     John Harding, Daily Mail Online

“Heiny’s characters – charming, flawed, relatable, tragic, hilarious – are faultlessly constructed, lingering long in the memory like family of friends.”      Observer

“Overtly unshowy, it is deceptively light-hearted and rueful, its sharpness masked in humour…There are some painfully hilarious exchanges, but underlying the jokes is an emotionally intelligent dissection of conflicting inner worlds…measured on laughs per page, Heiny lives up to her promise.”                                                           Sunday Times

“Both heart-piercing and, crucially, very funny.”
—Louise Erdrich

“Filled with observations about marriage and daily life, at turns wry, thoughtful, hilarious and sad but always interesting.”
—New York Post

“This book is about a marriage under stress — though Heiny keeps it bubbly, evoking the smart, stylish wit of Laurie Colwin, Nora Ephron, and Maria Semple … Heiny clearly has what it takes to join the elite coterie of witty social satirists who turn out smart, lively charmers.”
—NPR

“Audra Daltry is a singular creation—a character so funny, so appealing, so sure that she can change the world for her family that she will jump right off the page and take up permanent residence in your heart. Standard Deviation is a marvel.”         Kate Atkinson, Author of Life After Life 

“Smart, hilarious and achingly observant, Heiny’s debut novel explores the complexities of marriage in ways that make you laugh, then wince, then laugh again, all while tearing through the pages.”                                                                                                 —Oprah.com

 “I have been a fan of Katherine Heiny’s writing for years but my adoration of her reaches a new apex with this, her first novel, Standard Deviation. It’s an irresistibly charming novel about age-old institutions: marriage and parenting. But Heiny’s brilliantly drawn characters and her keen insights make both topics feel brand new. A delightful, refreshing novel that illuminates the world of complicated relationships.”                                                                                                                                     Elin Hilderbrand, author of Here’s to Us

 “Wonderful…To spend 300-plus pages with Heiny’s wry voice and colorful cast of characters is to love them, truly. An amusingly engaging take on long-term marriage with a lovably loopy character at its center.”                                              Kirkus (Starred Review)

 “Standard Deviation is a winning effort that smartly examines the ties that bind in even the most unlikely of marriages… Heiny’s gift for quick-witted dialogue displays the skill of an observational comic.”                                                                                        Shelf Awareness

 “A book so funny and perceptive I want to be friends with its author.”                                   Laline Paull, author of The Bees

“At the heart of the novel is a finely tuned awareness of the fragility of the most seemingly permanent connections and the ambivalence shot through even the hardiest forms of love.”                                                                                                  
 Publisher’s Weekly

 

For Single, Carefree, Mellow

“Katherine Heiny’s work does something magical: elevates the mundane so that it has the stakes of a mystery novel, gives women’s interior lives the gravity they so richly deserve — and makes you laugh along the way.”
—Lena Dunham

“This whip-smart collection about women wrapped up in all kinds of love affairs will have you laughing out loud.”
—Most Anticipated Books of 2015, Entertainment Weekly

“Heiny explores sex, relationships and the internal lives of young women in this charmingly candid collection of short stories. The women who populate the pages of Heiny’s disarming debut are girlfriends, mistresses and wives. They are best friends, roommates and lovers. They are intelligent but not always ambitious—keenly insightful but sometimes, perhaps willfully, blind to their own deeper desires—with loyalties and libidos that may be at odds and morals that may be in question. Despite the title, not all are single (or carefree or mellow), but they are all singular, and following their stories is like sitting at a dive bar tossing back deceptively pretty, surprisingly strong drinks with a pal who may not always make the best decisions but always comes away with the most colorful tales… These young women are sympathetic and slyly seductive, sometimes selfish and maddeningly un-self-aware, but they are beguilingly human, and readers will yield to their charms.”
Kirkus (starred)

“Katherine Heiny’s smart and stylishly-written stories are a delight. The women who populate this book—from a teenager in a relationship with her history teacher, in the terrific story ‘The Rhett Butlers,’ to a graduate student with a crush on her roommate, to several unfaithful suburban wives—are wonderfully human and relatable, both hapless and full of heart.”
–Adelle Waldman, author of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P

“Not since Laurie Colwin has a writer so poignantly and wittily depicted the joys of infidelity. Katherine Heiny knows the secret: happy marriages make for happy affairs. Also happy readers.”
—Susan Rieger, author of The Divorce Papers

“Funny and heartfelt . . . Few characters are single and even fewer are carefree—though most long to be. Instead, they are remorseful about their disloyalties, torn between spouses and secret lovers, and guilt-ridden over the betrayals they commit in the name of love . . . Maya, who appears in several more stories in various stages of life and love, is one of many captivating characters expertly imagined by Heiny . . . An exceptionally humorous collection by a talented new writer.”
—Lisa Block, Library Journal (starred)

Single, Carefree, Mellow is a book about heartache, adultery, love, and loss that somehow manages to be both laugh-out-loud funny and wise, sometimes in the very same sentence.  It’s full of lines so smart and sharp that I was compelled to stop and read them out loud to my friends. This book is amazing, brilliant, and nothing short of wonderful.”
—Jennifer Close, author of Girls in White Dresses and The Smart One

“Katherine Heiny where have you been all my life? Single, Carefree, Mellow is among the most insightful, funny, and smart collections I’ve read in a very long time. The unfaithful lovers and spouses that populate so many of these stories remain lovable and true despite their bad behavior and questionable choices. And their happy endings feel earned and unsentimental. How did you pull that off? There are echoes of Lorrie Moore, Melissa Bank, and even Alice Munro, but the voice is fresh and original throughout. More, more, more. Please!”
—Stephen McCauley, author of The Object of My Affection and Insignificant Others

“Formed of ten exquisitely-composed stories (all featuring women in various states of love), Heiny’s book takes a disarming and wry look at the inherent nature of betrayal and secrets within relationships.”
Elle UK

“Lots of short story collections have been coming my way lately, and early 2015 seems especially rich in that regard. This debut collection, which bowled me over on first read, deserves a special shout out.”
— Ten Big Breakout Authors | Fiction Previews, Library Journal