Embassy Wife


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$27.00  $25.11
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date
6.5 X 9.5 X 1.3 inches | 1.3 pounds
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About the Author

Katie Crouch is the New York Times bestselling author of Girls in Trucks, Men and Dogs, and Abroad. She has also written essays for The New York Times, Glamour, The Guardian, Slate, Salon, and Tin House. A former resident of Namibia and San Francisco, Crouch now lives in Vermont with her family and teaches creative writing at Dartmouth College.


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"This terrific comic novel... paints a funny portrait of American privilege, and [Crouch's] depiction of Namibia is colorful and affectionate."
--Connie Ogle, The Star Tribune

"Delightful, humorous and shocking... A page-turner filled with astute commentary on American expats, the legacy of colonialism, and white feminism."
--Emily Burack, Alma

"Entertaining and insightful... Crouch presses her female characters to their limits, reaching notes of genuine triumph without sacrificing the wry comedy, while the red dust and heat of Namibia radiate off the page. This is a blast."
--Publishers Weekly

In addition to sketching complex characters with rich backstories, Crouch excels at moving the plot forward while not missing any opportunity to observe the human condition. With wit and tenderness, [Embassy Wife] explores the complicated nature of race, power, marriage, colonization, diplomacy, and community. A sharp, funny, page-turning romp.
--Kirkus Reviews

Crouch does an excellent job of bringing her characters to life and conveying the beauty and challenges of life in Namibia through their eyes. Recommended for readers who enjoy armchair travel, well-drawn characters, twisty plots, and complex relationships.
--Julie Ciccarelli, Library Journal

"[An] observant, funny satire. Unpredictable twists lead to an ending where everyone may not get what they want, but they get what they need. Suggest this one to fans of Meg Wolitzer and Maria Semple."
-- Nanette Donohue, Booklist

"Keenly observed and expertly crafted, Katie Crouch's Embassy Wife is a wickedly irresistible novel."
--Natalie Baszile, author of Queen Sugar

"Katie Crouch has crafted an honest and complicated novel of true human beings struggling to be more than they are with less than they should have. Embassy Wife is a deeply human story won with grace and elegance."
--Chris Abani, author of GraceLand

"Embassy Wife is such a swift and delicious novel that a reader can be forgiven for looking up halfway through the book with the slow-dawning realization that all along, underneath this mordant farce, Katie Crouch had some sharp, urgent, and intricate things to say about colonization and race, privilege and power, and the often explosive intersection of all of these things in today's Namibia. It is a fascinating novel, and beautifully told."
--Lauren Groff, author of Florida

"Katie Crouch is an incredible writer--deft, fearless, super-smart, and compassionate--and Embassy Wife is one of the funniest, sharpest, most insightful novels I've read in a long time. It's also a flat- out page-turner: I read it in a single feverish sitting. I can't recommend this novel highly enough."
--Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans

"Embassy Wife sparkles with intelligence and sly humor. It is an exploration of identity--marriage, career, family, and citizenship--and what happens when those once-fixed ideas begin to crack. This novel is pure pleasure."
--Ramona Ausubel, author of Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty

"Embassy Wife showcases Katie Crouch's mastery of the three skills I most value as a reader and writer: keen and sensitive observation of human behavior, a wry sense of humor, and authenticity of character. Namibia comes off the page with its dusty heat, its slow pace of life, its nascent and unfolding place in history, and the sheer pressure of the drama that unfolds."
--Rémy Ngamije, author of The Eternal Audience of One