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

Lydia Millet has written twelve works of fiction. She has won awards from PEN America and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and her books have been longlisted for the National Book Award, shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and named as New York Times Notable Books. 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.