“A dazzling wild ride of a novel – daring, fresh, entertaining, and magical.Â Â Mona Awad isÂ aÂ powerfulÂ and poeticÂ storyteller, telling us something new and profoundÂ hereÂ aboutÂ the connection betweenÂ sufferingÂ andÂ elation.Â When I was away from this book, I longed to get back to it.”Â –Â George Saunders,Â New York TimesÂ bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author ofÂ Lincoln in the Bardo
“WildÂ and exhilarating and so fresh it takes yourÂ breath away,Â All’s WellÂ is an utterly delicious novel of pain and vitality, Shakespeare and the uncanny, and our own subtle moral failures when we brush up againstÂ the pain of others. Mona Awad’s talent is so vital that it absolutely roars out of her. “Â –Â Lauren Groff,Â New York TimesÂ bestselling author ofÂ Fates and Furies
“Tragic, macabre, and wicked. I laughed out loud the whole way through. One of the funniest books I’ve read in years.”Â -Â Heather O’Neill, author ofÂ The Lonely Hearts Hotel
“Really funny … The satirical targets, all brilliantly hit, include useless physios, entitled students, internet advertising and – for all you romantics out thereÂ – love!” Wendy Holden in theÂ Daily MailÂ
Miranda Fitch’s life is a waking nightmare. The accident that ended her burgeoning acting career left her with excruciating, chronic back pain, a failed marriage, and a deepening dependence on painkillers. And now she’s on the verge of losing her job as a college theater director. Determined to put on Shakespeare’sÂ All’s Well That Ends Well, the play that promised, and cost, her everything, she faces a mutinous cast hellbent on stagingÂ MacbethÂ instead. Miranda sees her chance at redemption slip through her fingers.
That’s when she meets three strange benefactors who have an eerie knowledge of Miranda’s past and a tantalizing promise for her future: one where the show goes on, her rebellious students get what’s coming to them, and the invisible, doubted pain that’s kept her from the spotlight is made known.
With prose Margaret Atwood has described as “no punches pulled, no hilarities dodged…genius,” Mona Awad has concocted her most potent, subversive novel yet.Â All’s WellÂ is the story of a woman at her breaking point and a formidable, piercingly funny indictment of our collective refusal to witness and believe female pain.