A Children's Bible (Hardcover)
W. W. Norton & Company, 9781324005032, 240pp.
Publication Date: May 12, 2020
May 2020 Indie Next List
— Kristen Iskandrian, Thank You Books, Birmingham, AL
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Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by Apple Books, Literary Hub, The Millions, and The Week
An indelible novel of teenage alienation and adult complacency in an unraveling world.
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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Praise For A Children's Bible: A Novel…
[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
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
[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
Eco-fiction dystopias often make our climate future outright calamities of tidal waves and massive tree die-offs. Millet…knows what’s coming is likely to be more subtle, and the slow-motion collapse she imagines in her latest novel is what makes it so harrowing.
— Mark Athitakis