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 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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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.