Grace's father believes in science and builds his daughter a dollhouse with lights that really work. Grace's mother takes her skinny-dipping in the lake and teaches her about African hyena men who devour their wives in their sleep. Grace's world, of fact and fiction, marvels and madness, is slowly unraveling -- because her family is coming apart before her eyes. Now eight-year-old Grace must choose between her two very different, very flawed parents. And the choice will take her on a dizzying journey, away from her home in Vermont to the boozy, flooded streets of New Orleans -- and into the equally wondrous and frightening realm of her own imagination.
With eloquence and compassion, Jenny Offill weaves a luminous story of a wounded family -- and of a young girl yearning to understand the difference between fiction, fact, and hope. Last Things is a stunning achievement -- at once heartbreaking, disturbing, and beautifully told.