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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: Kathleen McInerney, Lisa Cordileone, Rebecca Lowman, Dorothy Dillingham Blue Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”


  • “If anyone can make the Real Housewives look dull, it’s the women in this collection of darkly hilarious stories.”


  • “A razor-sharp collection of a dozen stories about women who might be a little cracked, but in a way that totally makes sense somehow…This is a stand out, original short story collection.”


  • “Archly, acerbically, even surreally hilarious…Her pacing is swift and eviscerating, and her characters’ rage and hunger for revenge are off the charts…Perfectly crafted.”

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  • “A perfectly seasoned story collection that reveals the darker side of domesticity. Told in a range of styles and voices, these stories include an unforgettable introduction to a book club—narrated in a manic monologue that recalls Dorothy Parker…Readers will enjoy getting lost in this surreal, sensationally funny set of stories.”


  • A January 2016 LibraryReads Pick
  • A January 2016 Amazon Best Book of the Month
  • A BookPage Top Pick for January 2016
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