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American Housewife : Stories
by Helen Ellis


Overview - 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.
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Overview
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.

From our buyer, Margaret Terwey: This book is comprised of twelve short stories, each one focusing on the trials and tribulations of a particular housewife. The hilarity of each premise will pull in readers, and the twists will keep them glued to the pages.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780385541039
  • ISBN-10: 0385541031
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books
  • Publish Date: January 2016
  • Page Count: 208
  • Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Short Stories (single author)
Books > Fiction > Contemporary Women

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-10-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

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 Wifeshe is lucky enough to have a drawer just for glitterwith 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 doesnt save her from her book sponsors ruthlessness in actually getting the thing written (My Book Is Brought to You by the Good People at Tampax). Ellis hits the satirical bulls-eye with a deliciously dry, smart voice that will have readers flipping the pages in delight. Agent: Susanna Einstein, Einstein Literary Management. (Jan.)

 
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