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A Children's Bible

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  6 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Expected publication: May 12th 2020 by W. W. Norton Company
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Chelsea Humphrey
Jan 05, 2020 marked it as to-read
OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG. Don't freak out. Don't freak out.

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Tfalcone
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you Net Galley for the free ARC. About a bunch of unsupervised, self indulgent children at a family summer retreat. A storm comes in and nature unleashes on the kids with every disaster possible. Did not enjoy this story of uncaring adults and teenage angst.
Deirdre Rosenberg
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I absolutely loved A Children’s Bible. There is a serenity and fluidity to Millet’s writing that I found to be beautiful. The story was well told and quite powerful. This was my introduction to Lydia Millet and I have already picked up other novels by her. I am entranced completely by her writing style.
Jennifer
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for the advance copy. A Children’s Bible tells the story of Eve and Jack, siblings spending the summer at a rented beach house with their parents and several other families. The children, mostly teenagers, spend the summer avoiding their parents and being embarrassed by them. When a storm hits and turns their idyllic vacation spot into a flood zone, the children escape only to find themselves in more danger than they could have imagined.

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Dan
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A daydream of a stunner, fast-paced, terrifying, uplifting. You will not be able to stop thinking about this book.

While a large group of college friends and their (mostly) teenage children lounge at a country house for the summer, a storm is coming. The parents handle things how they always have, but it's not enough for the kids, who have a clear eye for the malice and destruction headed their way. And after the storm, nothing is the same. There's an extraordinary cameo by, essentially, Judi
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Suzanne Christensen
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a powerful book with beautiful storytelling. I have never read any of Lidia Millet's books but the quality of this one made me put some on hold. This book is about climate change, families, and survival, and so much more. This is a definite must read.
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Lydia Millet is the PEN Award-winning author of eleven works of literary fiction, including Sweet Lamb of Heaven and Magnificence, which have been New York Times Notable Books and Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalists. She lives in Arizona.