A husband wakes up to find that his wife has had a seizure during the night. The husband calls an ambulance and his wife is rushed to a hospital where she lies in a coma. By day, the husband sits beside his wife and tries to think of ways to wake her up. At night, the husband sleeps in the chair next to his wife’s bedside dreaming that she will wake up. He wants to be able to take her back home. Years later, the story of this long and loving marriage is retold by their grandson. He wants to understand his grandmother’s life and death, what it meant to his grandfather, and what it means to him. He wants to understand – in his own words – “how love can accumulate between two people.”

“The best little novel you haven’t heard about, Us … Kimball’s clear-eyed prose unlocks the most vulnerable voice … creating an emotional link that leaves no reader untouched.” — Oprah’s Reading List

5 Stars: “The sentences and even paragraphs simulate the stunned but dutiful response to the suffering of a loved one: short, raw and somewhat elliptical, wrapping themselves around the small tasks at hand and the larger questions constantly raised. … Kimball’s short chapters cast such a hypnotic spell, the reader is able to plug directly into the character’s grief. It’s a simply gorgeous and astonishing book, the kind that makes the outside world disappear once you open its pages.” — Time Out Chicago

“Michael Kimball’s Us is heartbreakingly lovely … the writing’s a pleasure, and sometimes you just need to read something with weight.” — The Paris Review

“Be forewarned: when you pick up Us, Michael Kimball’s haunting story of love and letting go, you will not be able to put it down.” — Psychology Today

“Kimball is an amazingly empathetic writer.” — Time Out New York

[Us is] “incredibly raw and unabashedly real … Kimball wins us over by his impressive emotional authenticity. Us is so authentic that one might mistake it for an autobiography.” — Rain Taxi

“Be warned: this book has the power to make even the most hard-hearted of readers shed a tear. … Kimball has broken into new territory: [Us] is one of the most graphic depictions of illness and loss I have ever read.” — The Glasgow Herald

“A monument to love” — El Placer de la Lectura (Spain)

“This is the saddest book I have ever read and one of the most beautiful and unusual. A very old man wakes up in the night to find his equally-aged wife has had a stroke. Then follows a minute-to-minute account of what happens in the hospital and finally, his tender care for her back in their own home. One can’t help being aware of his grief and the great love he feels for his dying wife. It will make you cry and break your heart but this is one book you must read.” — Telegraph and Argus

“A deep love between an aging husband and wife is given a heartbreaking voice in Michael Kimball’s second novel, [Us]. … Told through the eyes of the husband, the story is tender and poignant. His despair moves us because it is neither fantastic nor indulgent.” — Time Out London

“Not only does he address mortality head-on, but his narrator describes the deep and powerful love between his grandparents as his grandfather quietly and desperately watches his wife slowly dying. The grandfather’s narration is powerful and moving … uncomprehending and breathless.” — Observer

“Kimball has created something rare and brave in his second novel: the voice of an elderly man watching a beloved life slip away and with it the entire meaning of his own existence. … [It is a] beautifully tuned, near perfect account of a very ordinary death.” — Metro London

“There are two books I can remember that ever made me physically cry. There were the rape scenes in Saramago’s Blindness, and there was nearly every chapter of Michael Kimball’s [Us]. While the first hurt because it was so brutal, Kimball’s was a softer kind of invocation–as I read it in a bathtub, I could not shake the feeling of being held, as if somehow the words had interlaced my skin. This is the essence of the magic Michael Kimball holds–his sentences come on so taut, so right there, and yet somehow so calming, it’s as if you are being visited by some lighted presence.” — Blake Butler

“haunting and awesome … beautiful and intense, and the novel’s clarity and insight makes the narration even more urgent. This is a novel from a great talent.” — El País (Spain)

“bathed in tenderness … touching and breathtaking … one of the most moving, heartbreaking, and sad novels of contemporary American fiction. It is essential.” — El Razón (México)

“First, Camus showed us the human condition. Now Kimball has … with a fluid style and a dizzying empathy. Kimball is a great writer.” — El Mercurio (Chile)

“Michael Kimball never ceases to astonish. He is a hero of contemporary fiction.” — Sam Lipsyte

“a spectacular novel” — ABC Cultural (Spain)

“a monument to tenderness and feeling, to the true and delicate though unbreakable love of an elderly couple” — La Voz de Galicia (Spain)

“brilliantly written and heartbreaking in all the best ways” — Largehearted Boy

“… disarmingly simple, gorgeously structured, and as achingly sad a book as I have ever read. I had to stop a couple of times. I really did. The book’s elderly couple—so painfully aware of the fact that one of them is living the last parts of her life—are drawn so concisely, and the situation is so precisely rendered, it was hard not to spend all my time living in it even when I wasn’t reading the book.” — HTMLGIANT

“One of the saddest [books], and most compelling, … is Michael Kimball’s gutting new novel, Us … We consumed the entire book in one subway ride, and got more than a few strange glances our way as Kimball’s novel caused us to convulse with sobs.” — Flavorpill

“Kimball wonderfully balances gravity with brevity. That he can pack such an emotional experience into such a small space speaks to his talents, both as a mature authority on relationships and as a craftsman of tight, effective prose. … Each moment the husband gets to share with his wife becomes a beautiful extension of their time together on earth. … leaves the reader absolutely floored” — Electric Literature

Michael is “the writer you’ve been dreaming of” — The Stranger