A Children's Bible
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.
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As bewitching, unflinching, wry, and profoundly attuned to the state of the planet as ever, supremely gifted Millet tells a commanding and wrenching tale of cataclysmic change and what it will take to survive.--Donna Seaman
This superb novel begins as a generational comedy...and turns steadily darker, as climate collapse and societal breakdown encroach. But Millet's light touch never falters; in this time of great upheaval, she implies, our foundational myths take on new meaning and hope.
[D]arkly funny and painfully sharp.--Carolyn Kellogg
To call it a generational allegory seems like an understatement. Millet is one of the most fascinating novelists working.--The Nine Best New Books to Read This Spring
[A] tense, prophetic ... [and] gripping page-turner.--Donna Bettencourt
If you think it's hard to find original voices in contemporary fiction, you're not really reading properly--Millet is one such voice: comic, erudite, humane.--Jonny Diamond "LitHub's Most Anticipated Books of 2020 "