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Ecco Press
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6.0 X 1.2 X 9.1 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Madeline Stevens is a writer from Boring, Oregon, currently based in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and her work has been published in a variety of literary magazines. She spent seven years working as a nanny in New York City. Devotion is her first novel.


"Devotion is a dangerous novel--sharp, glittering, and sexy--and Madeline Stevens is a significant new talent. I read this story of obsession, friendship, and betrayal with my heart in my throat, captivated by Ella's increasing absorption into the privileged lives of the couple who hires her."
--Julie Buntin, author of Marlena
"Madeline Stevens has written a thrilling, evocative book about intimacy, identity, and the alien nature lodged at the heart of the people we think we know the best."--Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine
"Devotion is a romance and a horror story, a tale of obsession and betrayal, revolving around two women divided by the chasm of class. In breathtaking prose, Stevens illuminates the ugly, stunning danger of love. This novel gripped me gorgeously and still won't let me go."--Hannah Lillith Assadi, author of Sonora
"Devotion stages the dangerous yet mesmerizing knot made when desire wrestles envy.... This book will make your heart race. This story will make you sweat in the best way."--Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan
"Devotion is frighteningly perceptive about the ways women see each other, use each other, hurt each other. Madeline Stevens' debut novel dares to let jealousy and obsession lead its characters to the places we fear most."--Rebecca Schiff, author of The Bed Moved
"A stimulating character study."--Publishers Weekly
"Sexual and class tensions merge into riveting drama, as a nannying gig for a broke, 20-something college dropout turns into something more intimate--and perhaps more sinister.... As debut novels go, Devotion is about as promising as they come."--Willamette Week
"Evocative.... Devotion pushes into territory that's rarely covered and does so with such subtlety.... A thought-provoking novel, for sure, with rich, literary prose, and I'm hoping it helps expand the conversation on womanhood and consent, especially in the raised awareness of this #MeToo era."--Criminal Element
"A sense of menace grabs the reader.... The deceptively casual way in which Ella recounts reading Lonnie's journal or taking her things builds the sense of foreboding.... [A] dark, absorbing novel..... For fans of such friendship-gone-wrong stories as Marlena by Julie Buntin and The Girls by Emma Cline."--Shelf Awareness (starred review)
"A page-turner. This psychological thriller has all the ingredients to create a tense situation rife with obsession, jealousy, lust, and betrayal.... E ach word demands to be devoured."--New York Journal of Books