Woman No. 17
High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. She’s going to need a hand with her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In come ...more
copy of this book. Has any other Netgalley reader --ever tried to win a 'physical' book --besides your already 'arc' Kindle? And....have you won? lol curious....
Where is my review????
This is nuts.... several of my reviews keep disappearing-- I read this book last year.
Left a review early.
The author read it - comments were made- so I know I'm not crazy!
I loved Edan's new book.... author of California!
When I first came across this book it was the cover that caught my eye. I really liked it. And after reading the description, I was very intrigued.
Lady Daniels lives in the Hollywood Hill. Recently separated, she's looking for a nanny to take care of her three-year old son, Devin. Lady is writing her memoir. Having a nanny will give her uninterrupted time to write. A woman who calls herself "S" comes for an intervie ...more
Just what I suspected—I decided to round down instead of up, so it’s now 3 stars. What changed my mind? Well, every time I think of this book I think of the things that annoyed me rather than the stuff that made me happy. I’ll start with the joy. This way I’ll feel guilty that I downgraded it to 3 stars (I guess I’m a masochist).
-Yes to art! Usually I like artist characters, but it’s tricky. Sometimes writers go overboard describing art projects, which I complained about with The Anima ...more
WOMAN NO. 17 is a story filled with unusual and complex relationships and two characters in particular that are recklessly irresponsible thus unlikeable (for me) but.....I still could not stop reading.
Edan Lepucki brings something different to this novel, communication through expression and expression through various forms of art, and while Lady and "S" are the main protagonists, it is Seth's character and story that kept me reading to find out more.
Combined with a super high weird fa...more
Offbeat mixture of art and the complexities of motherhood.
Set in the Hollywood Hills, Lady Daniels is working on a book about her son, Seth, a selective mute, who is now in his late teens.
Lady also has a toddler with her second husband, from whom she is now separated. She needs a nanny so she can concentrate on her writing, so with hardly a second thought, she hires Esther, whom she refers to as ‘S’.
Along the way, we learn about Seth’ ...more
"Woman No. 17" by Edan Lepucki is a rollercoaster ride of the female psyche. This novel explores so many different complexities of what modern women have to face in the 21st Century like: motherhood, childhood trauma, alcoholism, depression, anxiety, self-loathing, and self-destructive relationships. I liked that I didn't know how this novel was going to end. It kept me on my toes througho ...more
S, on the other hand, is upfront about her trickery and deceipt, at least with us readers. S ...more
For those of you who are still reading, I don't think there's a way I can top my review of California. I gave that book 5-stars, and I felt (and still feel!) that it deserved it. It will sound weird because the author is my wife and all, but there are many things in that book I still think about today.
But Woman No. 17 is a better book. Th ...more
In ways that gradually become apparent, Lady a ...more
That theme gets reframed in fascinating ways by the novel’s related exploration of portraiture. Years earlier. . . .
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I held off on reading this because I am not really a fan of books about wealthy women or performance artists and this is a book about both. But the reason I chafe against that type of sub ...more
Infused with art in many forms, a web of deceit, dark and witty — a sinister look into a Hollywood family and complex relationships. When things are not always as they appear.
Think a "helicopter" insecure mom with a past; an impersonator, selective mutism, alcoholism, childhood traumas, a revealing photograph, narciss ...more
Woman No 17 reads quickly, but deceptively so. I found myself turning back, reconsidering and finding more and more beneath the surface of its page-turning momentum. Through the dual narrative of Lady and S, two witty and well-developed protagonists, Lepucki very slyly pulls back the layers, the facades, of female relationships (from mother to da ...more
WOMAN NO. 17 certainly had an intriguing premise- I was mostly curious into seeing how the selective mutism would work out. And I'll admit, in the beginning, Lepucki hooked me in. Lady & 'S' seemed like polar opposites, mix in Lady's sons Seth & Devin, & I was excited to see how the character arcs would unravel. But a quarter of the way in, my interest was lost. The pace slowed down, boggling precious space with repetitive & mundane details that honestly made me anxious ...more
I was struck by the amount of broken marriages, broken friendships and broken relationships. On the other hand, the novel was an easy and interesting read. Women trying to find themselves despite the roles in which they are currently. A page-turner.
Lady lives in a mansion and has just given her husband the boot for a “trial separation”. Meanwhile she is trying to write a book about her oldest son, who is 18—I won’t spoil it for you, and is trying ...more
I felt like I was drunk while reading. I saw words on the page and nothing made sense. I hated the POV of Lady and I hated the POV of S. They are both two sides of the same messed up coin. I finally called it quits on page 75 of 311 of my e-book copy when I realized that I was r ...more
By Judge Kim Hubbard
Some books pull you in from the very first sentence; this one had me at the dedication. It reads: “To my mother, who always says, ‘If you’re bored, read a book.’” My mother said that too! (She also said, “I’ve never been bored in my life,” which was less helpful. So blamey! Like her head was a wonderland and mine must be empty inside!)
Sorry. Where was I?
Mother issues. We all have them. This wickedly entertaining novel showcases some especially dysfunctional exam ...more
I sat on this novel before reviewing, I wanted time to really express how it made me feel.
“I’d been beautiful. The past tense was like a shove to the chest.”
Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki was not quite what I expected. I was thinking it would be a simple Women’s Fiction read, something to pass the time on a beach. Instead I got fully developed, messy characters that I could relate to. I underlined like mad, I cringed, I ached… they are awkward and ...more
I won't go into them, because this is a book you will have to read for yourself. It is a very good read and everyone, I mean EVERYONE in this book has their faults. And, the author has put them f ...more
4 Stars - Strongly Recommended / mondo mommy issues
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell and Pheobe Strole
Publisher: Random House Audio
Quite the departure from her debut novel CALIFORNIA, a dystopian future that delved into the lives of huband and wife doing everything they can to survive, Edan dissects the intersecting lives of two women with mondo mommy issues in WOMAN NO.17.
Lady is the well-to-do mother of two with MAJOR relationship issues. There's ...more
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