The Skunks

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Pub Date 07 May 2024 | Archive Date 30 Apr 2024
Tin House | Tin House Books

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Dear Skunks, I wrote. Then I got stuck. What was there to say about the skunks? Of course there was the smell—the spraying. Everyone’s mind jumped to the spraying. I often forgot about the spraying entirely, which was nice because it made me feel that I wasn’t like other people.

From the outside, Isabel doesn’t seem to have much going on. It’s the summer after college graduation and she’s moved back to her hometown, where she spends her days house-sitting, babysitting, working the front desk at a yoga studio, and hanging out with her childhood friend Ellie. But on the inside, Isabel’s mind is always running, always analyzing, and right now, she’s trying hard to not let her thoughts give weight to boys. So when Isabel spots three baby skunks in the yard, their presence is not only a strangely thrilling break from the expected, it feels like a fortuitous sign from the universe. Skunks. That’s what she should be thinking about. 

As the summer unfolds, Isabel becomes increasingly preoccupied with the skunks, while also navigating her various jobs and an ambiguous relationship with Eli, the son of the couple she’s house-sitting for. In her own life and in the imagined inner lives of the skunks, Isabel ponders the nature of existence, love vs. infatuation, and the many small moments that make us animal, make us human. The Skunks is an unforgettable coming-of-age story about the complexities of crushes, desire, friendship, and modern life.

Dear Skunks, I wrote. Then I got stuck. What was there to say about the skunks? Of course there was the smell—the spraying. Everyone’s mind jumped to the spraying. I often forgot about the spraying...


Advance Praise

"One summer can change everything in The Skunks. A relatable and heartwarming capture of that pivotal coming of age moment in early adulthood when the world is demanding you make declarations about who you are, but you aren't quite sure yet. Warnick gets at the pangs of awkward encounters, the trials of returning to your hometown, and most of all, finding love within yourself. An inventive new novel that ensures you'll never think of skunks the same way. A joy to read." - Chelsea Bieker, author of Godshot and Heartbroke

"The Skunks is a gleaming, zany little gem—a novel that perfectly captures the weirdness of being young and just out of college, and not sure what comes next. Compassionate, quirky, and beautifully written, I adored it." - Annie Hartnett, author of Rabbit Cake and Unlikely Animals

"Brimming with charm and philosophical humor, The Skunks sweeps readers into a young woman’s first foray into adulthood. This is a novel that asks big questions of friendship, romantic firsts, and finding one’s way in the world. Prepare to be dazzled—Fiona Warnick is a wunderkind." - Allegra Hyde, author of The Last Catastrophe

"One summer can change everything in The Skunks. A relatable and heartwarming capture of that pivotal coming of age moment in early adulthood when the world is demanding you make declarations about...


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reading THE SKUNKS felt like giving my brain a bath. i felt clean. it was gentle, soothing, sweet, & oh so fresh. in THE SKUNKS, there’s really no plot, but many many quiet, tender, and reflective vibes- and i just really loved it.

isabel is back home after just graduating college. she is spending her time house sitting, baby sitting, working at a yoga studio, and hanging out with her best friend ellie. one day, isabel sees a trio of skunks in the neighborhood, & now she can’t stop thinking about them.

THE SKUNKS is a very charming novel. while feeling like a very private observation of the natural world, it illuminates the thin line between youth and adulthood as isabel navigates one of the many in-betweens of life.

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