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LOCAL>> Lydia Millet – A Children's Bible
Author discusses her new novel
Lydia Millet joins us for a virtual event to celebrate the paperback release of A Children’s Bible (W.W. Norton), one of the New York Times “Top Ten Books of 2020”.
This event will be streamed on Crowdcast.
About A Children’s Bible
Long-listed for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction
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.
Lydia Millet has won awards from PEN Center USA and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her books have been shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award and long-listed for the National Book Award. She lives outside Tucson, Arizona.