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Publisher Description

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.

Fiction & Literature
January 12
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Lanshark Tech ,

American Housewife

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.

Squisherqueen ,


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.

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