A Children's Bible

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Author: Lydia Millet
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (May 12, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1324005033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1324005032
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches


Pulitzer Prize finalist Lydia Millet's sublime new novel--her first since the National Book Award long-listed Sweet Lamb of Heaven--follows a group of twelve eerily mature children on a forced vacation with their families at a sprawling lakeside mansion.

Contemptuous of their parents, who pass their days in a stupor of liquor, drugs, and sex, the children feel neglected and suffocated at the same time. When a destructive storm descends on the summer estate, the group's ringleaders--including Eve, who narrates the story--decide to run away, leading the younger ones on a dangerous foray into the apocalyptic chaos outside.

As the scenes of devastation begin to mimic events in the dog-eared picture Bible carried around by her beloved little brother, Eve devotes herself to keeping him safe from harm.

A Children's Bible is a prophetic, heartbreaking story of generational divide--and a haunting vision of what awaits us on the far side of Revelation.

Praise for Lydia Millet:

"A writer without limits."
– Karen Russell, author of Orange World and Swamplandia!

"Lydia Millet is a stone-cold genius."
– Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation and Weather

"One of the funniest writers of American fiction."
– Christian Lorentzen, New York

"Unnervingly talented."
– Mary Pols, San Francisco Chronicle

"A visionary sensibility."
– Los Angeles Times

"[Her] writing is always flawlessly beautiful, reaching for an experience that precedes language itself."
– Laura Miller, Salon

About the Author

Lydia Millet has written twelve works of fiction. She has won awards from PEN Center USA and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and her books have been longlisted for the National Book Award, shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and named as New York Times Notable Books. Her story collection Love in Infant Monkeys was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. She lives outside Tucson, Arizona.