Sweet Lamb of Heaven

Longlist, National Book Awards 2016 for Fiction

Sweet Lamb of Heaven, by Lydia Millet, book cover, 2016
ISBN 9780393285543
W. W. Norton & Company
Lydia Millet author photo, Credit: Jade Beall, 2016
Lydia Millet

Lydia Millet is an American novelist and conservationist. Her third novel, My Happy Life, won the 2003 PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, and she has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize as well as a Guggenheim Fellow, among other honors. More about this author >

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Lydia Millet’s chilling new novel is the first-person account of a young mother, Anna, escaping her cold and unfaithful husband, a businessman who’s just launched his first campaign for political office. When Ned chases Anna and their six-year-old daughter from Alaska to Maine, the two go into hiding in a run-down motel on the coast. But the longer they stay, the less the guests in the dingy motel look like typical tourists — and the less Ned resembles a typical candidate. As his pursuit of Anna and their child moves from threatening to criminal, Ned begins to alter his wife’s world in ways she never could have imagined.