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.
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The hilarious short stories in this collection capture the craziness that ensues when smart, passionate women have too much time and money on their hands—and not enough fulfillment. “The Wainscoting War” (read during our commute to work) is an outrageous war story involving cats, beige paint, and nuclear-grade passive-aggressiveness. And lightning-quick reads like “What I Do All Day” and “How to Be a Grown-Ass Lady” have enough biting humor to get you through a gray afternoon.
Ellis, a professional poker player and author (Eating the Cheshire Cat), turns domesticity on its head in her darkly funny 12-story collection, featuring hausfraus in various stages of unraveling. These wives are not like the perfect 1970s-mom Carol Brady, the blue-collar Roseanne Conner, or even the tightly wound Claire Dunphy. Ellis immediately sets the tone in "What I Do All Day," about a modern Stepford Wife she is "lucky enough to have a drawer just for glitter" with bite. In the rest of the collection, women become involved in increasingly hostile epistolary e-fights over wainscoting in a shared hallway ("The Wainscoting War"), speak in codes that require translation ("Southern Lady Code"), and take their book club to a whole new level ("Hello! Welcome to Book Club"). One wife finds a fiendish way to contend with a domineering mother-in-law and the son she raised ("Dead Doormen"); another finds that having a significant following on social media doesn't save her from her book sponsor's ruthlessness in actually getting the thing written ("My Book Is Brought to You by the Good People at Tampax"). Ellis hits the satirical bull's-eye with a deliciously dry, smart voice that will have readers flipping the pages in delight.
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A book written for every woman who has endured sitting through stuffy and proper ladies meetings; versions of the "Stepford Wives" and maintained their own sanity! If you cannot laugh at your life encounters with the overbearing situations of your life and see humor life becomes too boring!!! This book helps to see the humor in those mundane and frustrating encounters by setting them in a much more exaggerated display of human nature.
This book hits the nail on the head. You will find yourself amongst the pages and laugh outloud. A great book club book for women to wallow over.