American Housewife: Stories (Hardcover)

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"These may be just the right short stories for readers who typically gravitate towards novels or longer pieces. Each chapter is a crisp, thought provoking commentary on what it means to be a housewife in the traditional American sense. Ellis spins her housewife characters into hilarious, chilling, brave, and real women. Don’t miss my favorites, “How to be a Grown Ass Lady” with its advice for life and “How to be a Patron of the Arts” about becoming yourself when you’re already a grown up. Readers can expect to laugh, shed a tear, cringe, and applaud."--Reviewed by Emily
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A sharp, funny, delightfully unhinged collection of stories set in the dark world of domesticity, American Housewife features murderous ladies who lunch, celebrity treasure hunters, and the best bra fitter south of the Mason Dixon line.

Meet the women of American Housewife: they wear lipstick, pearls, and sunscreen, even when it's cloudy. They casserole. They pinwheel. They pump the salad spinner like it's a CPR dummy. And then they kill a party crasher, carefully stepping around the body to pull cookies out of the oven. These twelve irresistible stories take us from a haunted prewar Manhattan apartment building to the set of a rigged reality television show, from the unique initiation ritual of a book club to the getaway car of a pageant princess on the lam, from the gallery opening of a tinfoil artist to the fitting room of a legendary lingerie shop. Vicious, fresh, and nutty as a poisoned Goo Goo Cluster, American Housewife is an uproarious, pointed commentary on womanhood.

About the Author

HELEN ELLIS is the acclaimed author of Eating the Cheshire Cat. She is a poker player who competes on the national tournament circuit. Raised in Alabama, she lives with her husband in New York City.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780385541039
ISBN-10: 0385541031
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Publication Date: January 12th, 2016
Pages: 208
Language: English