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American Housewife: Stories (Hardcover)

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    Staff Reviews

    Hysterically funny--I was snort-laughing on my commute and getting very odd looks from the people around me! But underneath the pitch-perfect sentences is a wounded heart, and the best stories had me cringing as I laughed. Ellis uses the second person more effectively than possibly any other short story writer. Absolute delight.

    — Stephanie

    January 2016 Indie Next List

    “American Housewife is a little arsenic cupcake of a book: adorable and lethal! Each of the stories features a housewife who does all the usual hausfrau things, but with a homicidal twist. Each of these ladies stand by their man -- and sometimes they kill for him. I was spellbound and loved every vicious one of them, from their perfectly coiffed hair and gel-manicured fingers to their coal-black hearts! This is the guiltiest of guilty pleasures!”
    — Lauren Peugh (E), Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ


    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.

    About the Author

    HELEN ELLIS is the acclaimed author of Eating the Cheshire Cat. She is a poker player who competes on the national tournament circuit. Raised in Alabama, she lives with her husband in New York City.
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780385541039
    ISBN-10: 0385541031
    Publisher: Doubleday Books
    Publication Date: January 12th, 2016
    Pages: 208
    Language: English