I loved this book! Tommy & Stacy are emotional trainwrecks--how can these two unloveable people learn how to love each other without killing the other first? Monsters is a wonderful and well-written escape from real life. It got me through the 2016 election.— Kathleen
A hilarious debut novel about a perfectly imperfect love story.
Even the smartest people can be stupid at love.
When Stacey Lane writes a feminist take on Frankenstein, she never imagines it will catch the eye of unbelievably sexy Hollywood star Tommy DeMarco. Tommy’s passion for her book—and for her, a recently widowed poet, mom, and certified mess—threatens to turn her life upside down, or maybe right-side up. From their first poolside meeting the two are set on a collision course as they go about making the book into a movie, making each other crazy, and making love, if only in secret. Fueled by desire, love, grief, expertly poured cocktails, and crackling dialogue, Monsters: A Love Story is a witty portrait of a relationship gone off the rails and two people who are made for each other—even if they’re not so sure they see it that way.
**A Summer Beach Read Pick for Harper’s Bazaar, the Associated Press, Purewow, and Refinery29**
“This fast-paced novel will have readers immersed in the heady feeling of an alcohol-fueled affair with one of the sexiest men alive.” —
“An addictive page-turner, ripe with seduction and charm, that drops insights into this messy, crazy, wonderful thing called love.” —Washington Independent Review of Books
“Entertainingly dyspeptic.” —Vogue
“A perfectly imperfect love story.”—Bookpage
About the Author
Liz Kay holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska, where she was the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize. She is a founding editor of Spark Wheel Press and the journal burntdistrict. Her work has appeared in Willow Springs, Nimrod, RHINO, Sugar House Review, and Beloit Poetry Journal, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets anthology. Kay lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband and three children.
Selected as a Summer Beach Read Pick by Harper’s Bazaar, Associated Press, Purewow, and Refinery29
“The unlikely romance between a feminist poet and the Hollywood heartthrob who options her book is at the center of Kay’s entertainingly dyspeptic Monsters.” –-Vogue
“In the tradition of Lolly Winston’s Good Grief . . . this fast-paced novel will have readers immersed in the heady feeling of an alcohol-fueled affair with one of the sexiest men alive.” --Library Journal (starred review)
“Witty and so nimbly-worded, Monsters had me at hello. From the near-madcap improbability of the novel’s premise, to the punchy repartee and ping-pong banter between Stacey and Tommy, it’s impossible to resist the book’s charms. .” --Jill Alexander Essbaum, author of Hausfrau
“A perfectly imperfect love story . . . Kay has created a heartfelt, sometimes dark but ultimately romantic story about what happens when two broken people come together.” – BookPage
“A smart, satirical feminist novel, but as the subtitle suggests, it's also a romance.” --ShelfAwareness
“I love to see truth in writing when it comes to love and relationships . . . [Monsters is] an electric, fast-moving novel.” – B&N Reads
“An addictive read: a page-turner that is at once dark and uplifting, shocking and hopeful. Kay's book takes a sharp spin on the notion of fairy tale romance.” --Janelle Brown, author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
"At times somber, at times heartwarming, the story of this improbable romance is an addictive page-turner, ripe with seduction and charm, that drops insights into this messy, crazy, wonderful thing called love.." --Washington Independent Review of Books
“This one will make you laugh and cry . . . Monsters is fast-paced and completely addictive.” --Purewow
“The novel’s wry insights into messy relationships put me in mind of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. and Emma Straub’s The Vacationers.” --Timothy Schaffert, author of The Swan Gondola
“This edgy and entertaining novel would make a great beach read.” –-Booklist
“Magical.” --Lucy Sykes, author of The Knockoff
“When monsters fall in love, it is impossible not to watch, impossible to put the book down.” --Rebecca Rotert, author of Last Night at the Blue Angel
“A deeply felt and modern day spin on the fairy tale notion of happily-ever-after. . . Smart, fun, sexy writing.” --Mark Haskell Smith, author of Raw: A Love Story
“Monsters is smart, witty, hilarious, raunchy, irresistible, and full of crackling dialogue.” --Catherine Texier, author of Victorine
“Reads like a seduction. I couldn’t stop. . . Monsters they may be, but vulnerable monsters with hearts full of yearning.” --Amy Hassinger, author of The Priest’s Madonna