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What people are saying about Sad Janet:

"Surprising and irreverent...Be prepared for edginess, dark humor and profanity. The only sweet thing

about "Sad Janet" is its cover, which might be the most adorable one I've seen all year"

New York Times

"A gentle, yet precise probe into the nature of melancholia . . . Sad Janet is a strangely exuberant

meditation on sadness; Britsch articulates the conflicting comforts and pains of depression in a

distinctively memorable, wise way."


"A darkly humorous debut." "So apt right now."

Kirkus Review

"Funny and touching and highlights some very real truths about what it means to be a sad woman in

our world."

Hey Alma

"A whipsmart, biting piece of tragicomedy which manages to inspire real laughter while celebrating

sadness. Hilarious, profound and deeply refreshing."

Huffington Post UK

"Sad Janet doesn’t know why she’s sad. She doesn’t want to be. She just can’t help it. Can a pill

transform her world? Britsch’s tart debut is a wicked satire of our obsession with happiness."

The i newspaper

"A searing, comedic and accessible take on depression and personality, Sad Janet delivers a

comforting message about the value of individuality."

Shelf Awareness

"The narrative voice of Janet in Britsch’s debut novel is a skin-tingling combination of new and

necessary. . . . This book and this character are radical, and readers are likely to feel a relief at reading

the thoughts they’ve had but not spoken."

Booklist (starred review)

"Britsch’s monologue about the experience of unhappiness is undeniably infectious."

Publishers Weekly

"Hilarious, wise, wicked, and tender."

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of The Nest

"Try reading Sad Janet ... It might just make you happy"

Marcy Demansky, author of Very Nice


"A timely and trenchant debut."

Courtney Maum, author of Costalegre

"A tragicomic riot of a book - charging, foul-mouthed and tender, across the modern condition"

Claudia Dey, author of Heartbreaker

"If you’re a Halle Butler fan or like despair cut with humour, you’ll love this"

Leigh Stein, author of Self Care.

"My partner kept asking why I was laughing. This book is dark and hilarious and will speak to

everyone who’s ever wondered why they spend time with humans and not just dogs"

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Starling Days and Harmless Like You.

"Like a grown up Daria, still trying to live authentically while wracked with depression. Funny and

sharp as hell."

Helen McClory, author of The Goldblum Variations.

"Sentence after sentence of funny lil gems in Sad Janet"

Annie Hartnett, author of Rabbit Cake.


Named one of the Best Books of the Summer by LitHub, The Millions, Refinery29, and Hey Alma and one of the Best Books of the Autumn by Huffington Post UK and the i Newspaper.

Published in the US by Riverhead Books

Published in the UK by Weidenfeld & Nicolson

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