NYT bestselling author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and The Haters in conversation with award-winning author John Corey Whaley
Get Rich. Get Big.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and The Haters
In an alternate reality a lot like our world, every person’s physical size is directly proportional to their wealth. The poorest of the poor are the size of rats, and billionaires are the size of skyscrapers.
Jesse Andrews’s groundbreaking new YA novel MUNMUN (Abrams Amulet, on-sale April 3, 2018) tells the story of one poor, tiny kid that struggles to get munmun, get big, and get safe in a world of giants. In this “thought-provoking dystopian epic” (School Library Journal), Warner and his sister Prayer are destitute—and minuscule.
Their size is not just demeaning, but dangerous. Day and night they face mortal dangers that bigger richer people don’t ever have to think about: from being mauled by cats to their house getting stepped on. There are no cars or phones built small enough for them, or schools or hospitals for that matter—there’s no point, when no one that little has any purchasing power, and when salaried doctors and teachers would never fit in buildings so small. Warner and Prayer know their only hope is to scale up, but how can two littlepoors survive in a world built against them?
MUNMUN is a brilliant, warm, funny trip, unlike anything else out there, and a social novel for our time in the tradition of 1984 or Invisible Man. Booklist praised, “[Munmun] offers a unique, caustic, thought-provoking lampoon of America’s obsession with wealth.” Inequality is made intensely visceral by an adventure and tragedy both hilarious and heartbreaking in Jesse Andrews’s most ambitious novel to date.
Jesse Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and the screenwriter of that book’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize–winning movie adaptation. He’s also the author of The Haters, which Booklist called “effortlessly readable, deeply enjoyable,” in a starred review.
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“Brilliant, savage, hilarious, a riveting journey through a harsh world that mirrors our own.“
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Munmun is satire at its finest: brilliant, insightful, and, at times hysterically funny. It’s a powerful look at class, wealth, and power in our modern world.” —Nicola Yoon, bestselling author of Everything, Everything
John Corey Whaley is the author of the YA novel Highly Illogical Behavior, an NPR 2016 Best Book. His debut, Where Things Come Back, was published by in 2011 and Whaley won the Printz Award from the American Library Association in 2012, recognizing it as the year's "best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit." In 2011 the National Book Foundation named him a 5 under 35 honoree. His second novel, Noggin, was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.