Invisible Beasts

By Sharona Muir

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Longlist
Orion booklet Award Finalist
O, The Oprah Magazine “Title to select Up Now”

“An impressive feat of imagination.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Invisible Beasts is an odd and lovely meditation on love and seeing, a hybrid of myth and box advisor, novel and essay, treatise and myth. With one hand it deals a tragic remark on environmental degradation, whereas with the opposite it provides a vibrant, whimsical, and humorous exploration of what it potential to be human. It’s splendidly written, crazily imagined, and totally original.” —ANTHONY DOERR, writer of All the sunshine we won't See and The Shell Collector

Sophie is an beginner naturalist with a unprecedented genetic reward: the facility to determine a fabulous nation of invisible, sentient creatures that proportion a necessary dating with humankind. To checklist her observations, Sophie creates a private bestiary and, as she relates the unusual talents of those endangered beings, her stories develop into amazing meditations on love, intercourse, evolution, extinction, fact, and self-knowledge.

In the culture of E.O. Wilson’s Anthill, Invisible Beasts is inspiring, philosophical, and richly unique fiction grounded via medical truth and a profound perception into nature. the wonderful creations inside of its pages—an old animal that makes use of common chilly fusion for strength, a species of vampire bat which can pay attention whilst their human host is mendacity, a continent-sized sponge dwelling less than the ice of Antarctica—illuminate the function that each one residing creatures play within the setting and remind us of what we stand to lose if we fail to acknowledge our entwined destinies.

Sharona Muir is the writer of The publication of Telling: Tracing the secrets and techniques of My Father’s Lives. The recipient of a Hodder Fellowship and nationwide Endowment for the humanities Fellowship, her writing has seemed in Granta, Orion journal, Virginia Quarterly overview, The Paris Review, and somewhere else. She is a Professor of inventive Writing and English at Bowling eco-friendly country collage. Invisible Beasts is her first novel.

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