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Author: Edan Lepucki Narrator: Phoebe Strole Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781524723408
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bestselling author Edan Lepucki's Woman No. 17 is a "winning novel.”
— New York Times Book Review

High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. Left alone with her children, she’s going to need a hand taking care of her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In response to a Craigslist ad, S arrives, a magnetic young artist who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s toddler, Devin, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage son, Seth. S performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady.
But in the heat of the summer, S’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. And as Lady and S move closer to one another, the glossy veneer of Lady’s privileged life begins to crack, threatening to expose old secrets that she has been keeping from her family. Meanwhile, S is protecting secrets of her own, about her real motivation for taking the job. S and Lady are both playing a careful game, and every move they make endangers the things they hold most dear.
Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting voices of her generation. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “This book, this massive, brilliant book—-is a four alarm fire, the ambitious and rich introduction that a writer of her caliber deserves.”

    Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author
  • “A wiinning novel.”

    New York Times

  • “Lepucki’s exploration of personal relationships takes on an increasingly noirish tone.”


  • “A story packed with such wicked and wickedly funny confessions about a host of hallowed subjects…Woman No. 17 tastes like a juice box of suburban satire laced with Alfred Hitchcock.”

    Washington Post

  • Edan Lepucki's Woman No. 17 is part family melodrama, part twisty self-reflection... very funny. GQ
  • While Woman No. 17 does possess all the trappings of a frothy page-turner — stormy arguments, showy melodrama, and (oops!) an affair, there are some quiet, serious moments, too. It’s the intersection between the two that makes this read both scintillating and thought-provoking. San Francisco Chronicle
  • A sexy family drama featuring dual protagonists as well as sex, art, mothers and mutism. Los Angeles Daily News
  • Woman No. 17 reads like a Hollywood Hills film noir... the dialogue is sharp, the fragrance of the wilting air palpable. Seattle Times
  • “A dark and clever tale about motherhood and the complexity of friendships.”

  • With Woman No. 17, Lepucki has succeeded in revealing a simple truth: mothers are human—flawed and difficult and impossible to hold at arm’s length. Paste
  • “Female friendships, artists, twisted secrets, motherhood, and the posh and drama-filled hills of Los Angeles — if that doesn’t sound like a novel your mom will literally gobble up in a day or two, we give up.”

  • Lepucki’s brisk style and arresting characterizations make for a compelling portrait of womanhood in the present moment, right down to its intriguing integration of social media. Publishers Weekly
  • Tensions are expertly spun by Edan Lepucki through the heat of the end of summer in LA... Woman No. 17 starts and finishes in the here and now, and shows up the fragility of the facade of civilization that we all in the Western world, be it in American or Europe, like to think we hold up. Electric Literature
  • Woman No. 17 offers not only a propulsive plot but also important reflections on artistic creation, the lingering effects of bad mothers on their adult children, and the thorny question of how friends and family relate to their loved ones with disabilities.
  • Both fun to read and asks serious questions about identity, art and motherhood. Berkleyside
  • Edan Lepucki’s second novel an exceptional offering... a sleek, perspective-shifting tale driven by the complexities of relationship dynamics, the notion of identity and the importance/absurdity of modern art and its impact... a taut tightrope walk of a novel. Maine Edge
  • [A] Hollywood noir about the electric bonds between women… this one is a safe bet for beach season. The Week
  • Woman No. 17 is a novel about motherhood, an impossible game to win…The parallel stories of Lady and S speeding toward disaster keep the pages turning, but the primary pleasure of Woman No. 17 comes from Lepucki’s wit... This novel, coming on the heels of the dystopian California, suggests that Lepucki is an author with a diverse palate and talent to burn.
  • An acidly inquisitive domestic drama set in the Hollywood Hills and anchored to depthless questions of identity, family, and art... Lepucki’s arch and provocative tale of elaborate and privileged dysfunction poses sharp questions about inheritance, self-expression, and love. Booklist
  • Always enjoyable…this novel succeeds by staying light on its feet. Kirkus Reviews
  • A provocative and timely meditation on art, authenticity and representation in a digital age." Matthew Thomas, New York Times bestselling author
  • Lepucki's debut is an inventive take on the post-apocalyptic novel, about a couple who moves from an isolated existence in the wilderness to a guarded community that, they soon realize, harbors terrifying secrets and unforseen dangers. Laura Pearson, Time Out Chicago
  • “Reads like a Hollywood HIlls film noir.”

    Seattle Times

  • Washington Post Top 10 Book of the Year
  • A New York Times Pick of New Paperbacks to Check Out
  • A Boston Globe Best Books of the Year selection
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2017
  • A Huffington Post Best Book of the Year

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About the Author

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.

About the Narrator

Phoebe Strole is an actress and an Earphones Award–winning narrator who was a finalist in 2014 for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in drama. She has appeared on Broadway in Spring Awakening and in various films and television series, including Hamlet 2, 30 Rock, Glee, and Rescue Me.