A Children’s Bible

Finalist, National Book Awards 2020 for Fiction

ISBN 9781324005032
W. W. Norton & Company
Lydia Millet

Lydia Millet is a writer of fiction, opinion pieces and other ephemera. Her 2020 novel A Children’s Bible was a Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and one of The New York Times Book Review’s Best 10 Books of 2020. More about this author >

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Pulitzer Prize finalist Lydia Millet’s sublime new novel—her first since the National Book Award Longlisted Sweet Lamb of Heaven—follows a group of twelve eerily mature children on a forced vacation with their families at a sprawling lakeside mansion.

Contemptuous of their parents, who pass their days in a stupor of liquor, drugs, and sex, the children feel neglected and suffocated at the same time. When a destructive storm descends on the summer estate, the group’s ringleaders—including Eve, who narrates the story—decide to run away, leading the younger ones on a dangerous foray into the apocalyptic chaos outside.

As the scenes of devastation begin to mimic events in the dog-eared picture Bible carried around by her beloved little brother, Eve devotes herself to keeping him safe from harm.

A Children’s Bible is a prophetic, heartbreaking story of generational divide—and a haunting vision of what awaits us on the far side of Revelation.

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With A Children’s Bible, Lydia Millet has given the world a story imbued not only with the weight of folklore but also the thrill and urgency of the contemporary and the imminent. It’s simultaneously a condemnation and an exaltation of the human species, finding defiant, transcendent hope in the midst of utter despair. This nuanced apocalyptic novel never loses sight of the specific and the personal, even as it screams out to the universe.