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Publisher Description

Longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction: Blending domestic thriller and psychological horror, this compelling page-turner follows a mother fleeing her estranged husband.

Lydia Millet’s previous work has been shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Likewise greeted with rapturous praise, Sweet Lamb of Heaven is a first-person account of a young mother, Anna, fleeing her cold and unfaithful husband, a businessman who’s just launched his first campaign for political office. When Ned chases Anna and their six-year-old daughter from Alaska to Maine, the two go into hiding in a run-down motel on the coast. But the longer they stay, the less the guests in the dingy motel look like typical tourists—and the less Ned resembles a typical candidate. As his pursuit of Anna and their child moves from threatening to criminal, Ned begins to alter his wife’s world in ways she never could have imagined. 

A double-edged and satisfying story with a strong female protagonist, a thrilling plot, and a creeping sense of the apocalyptic, Sweet Lamb of Heaven builds to a shattering ending with profound implications for its characters—and for all of us.

Fiction & Literature
May 3
W. W. Norton & Company
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Mooiboot ,

A lighter hand...

The overdone villain, the cliches of exaggerated American politician is devoid of subtlety which could have been so much more chilling than the brute with the suv and the bodyguards. A world of experience was brushed aside and neglected in the sparse coverage of the stories of the other 'hearers of voices'

Sweet lamb of heaven ,

Sweet Lamb oh Heaven

What a rambling nonsensical novel. There is a plot line there but so diluted by the authors strange diatribes that I found myself skipping page after page hoping that something, anything would shift this storyline. Sadly, it never came and I felt relief that it was finally over.

Mnrker ,

Sweet lamb of heaven

This book is an absolute bore. Little or no dialogue. No reason to keep turning the pages. Very little info that makes you want to keep reading. Plot development is thick as frozen syrup. Have no idea how this crappy novel ever got over the transom and published. Just awful.

Geoff Charles

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