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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Helen Ellis Narrator: Rebecca Lowman, Kathleen McInerney, Lisa Cordileone, Dorothy Dillingham Blue Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9781471146749
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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 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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Quotes & Awards

  • ‘A collection of witty, acerbic short stories about the demons in every dream home. One story made me blink because I thought my eyes were deceiving me. Dorothy Parker meets The Real Housewives of New York City Sarra Manning, Red magazine on American Housewife
  • ‘When people find out I’m a housewife, they wonder if I’m being ironic or satirical. Why – when so many artists have portrayed the housewife so beautifully – would I ever let the word go? Here are five of the best’ ‘The List: Five American Housewives’ feature by Helen Ellis, FT Weekend
  • ‘Darkly funny’ Essential 2016 Reading List, Stylist on American Housewife
  • ‘Brilliantly caustic vignettes’ Books to Read in 2016 by Sam Baker, The Pool on American Housewife
  • ‘This compendium of stories by Helen Ellis, teetering on the brink of reality TV and Criminal Minds will send chills down your perfectly postured spine’ Irish Tatler on American Housewife
  • ‘A rambunctious collection of desperate housewives stories written by the helmstress of Twitter’s @WhatIDoAllDay’ Grazia on American Housewife
  • ‘Helen Ellis’s electric short stories are whip-smart and sparky, crackling with dark humour and the kind of unruly thinking that can get a woman in and out of all kinds of trouble’ S Magazine on American Housewife
  • ‘Best of New Books’ Grazia on American Housewife
  • “Ms. Ellis, forty-five, calls herself a housewife. But that only begins to describe her. She is also a shrewd poker player who regularly competes in high-stakes tournaments, and the author of a forthcoming story collection, American Housewife, that focuses a dark and humorous lens on the domestic…The stories are addictive and full of pitch-perfect observations like, ‘the only thing with less character than Chardonnay is wainscoting’ and ‘Delores was as fertile as a Duggar.’ They are populated by, among others, neighbors in a co-op whose fight over decorating turns deadly; women in a book club trying to seduce a new member into carrying their babies; and a chilling series of dead doormen.”

    New York Times

  • “The twelve compact tales are delightfully dark and leave readers always rooting for the housewife, no matter how twisted her plots…With punchy writing and unique conundrums, American Housewife can be devoured in a sitting. Resist. The tales are best consumed like the pinot grigio some of these housewives enjoy—daily.”

    Washington Post

  • “Crackle[s] with domestically ambivalent characters: the modern day Betty Drapers in Helen Ellis’s short story collection, American Housewife, whose tensions over wainscoting and book clubs escalate into near-farce.”

    Vogue

  • American Housewife is a raucous, whip-smart collection of stories featuring retro-feminist ladies who lunch, launch madcap getaway schemes, and whack their naughty doormen with kitchen stools.”

    Elle

  • “Ellis’s twelve short stories about women under pressure are archly, acerbically, even surreally hilarious. By extracting elements from the southern gothic tradition, Shirley Jackson, and Margaret Atwood, Ellis has forged her own molten, mind-twisting storytelling mode. Her pacing is swift and eviscerating, and her characters’ rage and hunger for revenge are off the charts…Perfectly crafted…A breath-halting balance of slashing absurdist humor and rich and authentic emotional sensitivity…With monstrous children and cats, hopeless husbands, and covertly dangerous women, Ellis takes down the entire housewife concept with a sniper’s precision. These are delectably revved up, marauding, sometimes macabre tales of ruined marriages, illness, infertility, crass commercialism (literary product placement), desperation, ghosts, even murder, featuring women of shrewd calculation, secret sorrows, and deep sympathy.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The funniest short story collection of 2016…Ellis writes like she talks, and the results are as effervescent and intoxicating as champagne punch.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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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.

About the Narrators

Rebecca Lowman is an actress and audiobook narrator who has won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has starred in numerous television shows, including Law & Order, Big Love, NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy, among many others. She earned her MFA from Columbia University.

Kathleen McInerney won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2011 and was a finalist for the Audie in 2010 and 2015. Her narrations have also earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has performed in New York and around the United States in both classical and contemporary theater. Her credits also include television commercials, daytime drama, radio plays, and animation voice-over.

Lisa Cordileone is an actor, voice-over artist, and audiobook narrator living in Los Angeles. She has narrated That Boy! by Jillian Dodd and The Publicist by Christina George, among other books.

Dorothy Dillingham Blue has appeared in Jimmy Hunt and The Harold Project and has contributed her voice to many commercials and video projects. In addition to acting, Dorothy directs children’s musical theater.