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American Housewife

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American Housewife


By Helen Ellis

Doubleday Books, Hardcover, 9780385541039, 208pp.

Publication Date: January 12, 2016

A sharp, funny, delightfully unhinged collection of stories set in the dark world of domesticity, "American Housewife "features murderous ladies who lunch, celebrity treasure hunters, and the best bra fitter south of the Mason Dixon line. Meet the women of "American Housewife: " they wear lipstick, pearls, and sunscreen, even when it's cloudy. They casserole. They pinwheel. They pump the salad spinner like it's a CPR dummy. And then they kill a party crasher, carefully stepping around the body to pull cookies out of the oven. These twelve irresistible stories take us from a haunted prewar Manhattan apartment building to the set of a rigged reality television show, from the unique initiation ritual of a book club to the getaway car of a pageant princess on the lam, from the gallery opening of a tinfoil artist to the fitting room of a legendary lingerie shop. Vicious, fresh, and nutty as a poisoned Goo Goo Cluster, "American Housewife" is an uproarious, pointed commentary on womanhood.

About the Author
HELEN ELLIS is the acclaimed author of "Eating the Cheshire Cat." She is a poker player who competes on the national tournament circuit. Raised in Alabama, she lives with her husband in New York City.

Sunday, Jan 10, 2016

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Helen Ellis, author of the book American Housewife. The book of short stories begins with the line - "Inspired by Beyonce, I stallion walk to the toaster." More at

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