"What's the opposite of disappointment? Oh right, pure joy. That's what I felt reading NOTHING GOOD CAN COME FROM THIS."  --Claire Dederer, author of LOVE AND TROUBLE and POSER

“Perfectly observant down to the smallest details, this account of drinking, sobriety, and starting (and then restarting) a manageable life is one of those books that is deeply serious, witty, and wonderfully compelling. The miracle of Kristi Coulter’s narrative is that it looks back at the reader and asks, ‘And how do you live?’ NOTHING GOOD CAN COME FROM THIS seems to speak for a whole generation, and it does so with great charm and brilliance.” ―Charles Baxter

Available 8/7/18 from MCD/FSG Originals

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Kristi Coulter inspired and incensed the internet when she wrote about what happened when she stopped drinking. NOTHING GOOD CAN COME FROM THIS is her debut--a frank, funny, and feminist essay collection by a keen-eyed observer no longer numbed into complacency.

When Kristi stopped drinking, she started noticing things. Like when you give up a debilitating habit, it leaves a space, one that can’t easily be filled by mocktails or ice cream or sex or crafting. And when you cancel Rosé Season for yourself, you’re left with just Summer, and that’s when you notice that the women around you are tanked―that alcohol is the oil in the motors that keeps them purring when they could be making other kinds of noise.

In her sharp, incisive debut essay collection, Coulter reveals a portrait of a life in transition. By turns hilarious and heartrending, NOTHING GOOD CAN COME FROM THIS introduces a fierce new voice to fans of Sloane Crosley, David Sedaris, and Cheryl Strayed―perfect for anyone who has ever stood in the middle of a so-called perfect life and looked for an escape hatch.