“A juice box of suburban satire laced with Alfred Hitchcock” (The Washington Post)—a novel of art, motherhood, and the intensity of female friendships, set in the posh hills above Los Angeles, from the New York Times bestselling author of California
 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • The Boston Globe • San Francisco Chronicle • New York Observer • Huffington Post • The Millions • Nylon • Vulture • Bustle

High in the Hollywood Hills, Lady Daniels has separated from her husband. She’s going to need help with their toddler son if she’s going to finish the memoir she can’t stand writing. From a Craigslist ad, she hires S, a magnetic young artist, to live in the guesthouse behind the pool, take care of Lady’s young son, and keep an eye on her older, teenage one. S performs her job beautifully and quickly draws the entire family into her orbit—but she isn’t exactly who she seems. As Lady and S grow closer, old secrets and new betrayals come to light, jeopardizing what they hold most dear.
 
Praise for Woman No. 17
 
“Woman No. 17 is propulsive and moving, and considers vital questions with empathy and sly intelligence. . . . A winning novel. ”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“Lepucki’s exploration of personal relationships takes on an increasingly noirish tone: Much like Chekhov’s gun, a swimming pool introduced early in the book takes on the shadows of a floating body long before the reader realizes this might be a possibility.”—Elle
 
“Edan Lepucki’s Woman No. 17 is part family melodrama, part twisty self-reflection. . . . Very funny.”—GQ
 
“While Woman No. 17 does possess all the trappings of a frothy page-turner—stormy arguments, showy melodrama, and (oops!) an affair—there are some quiet, serious moments, too. It’s the intersection between the two that makes this read both scintillating and thought-provoking.”—San Francisco Chronicle
Das Ende des amerikanischen Traums Nach einer Folge von verheerenden Naturkatastrophen stehen die Vereinigten Staaten am Rande des Zusammenbruchs. Im politischen Vakuum gehen Armut und Terror Hand in Hand. Wer Geld hat, flüchtet und verbarrikadiert sich in Gated-Communitys. Die Übrigen haben nur eine Chance zu überleben – Flucht in die Wildnis. So auch das junge Paar Cal und Frida. Nur mit dem Nötigsten brechen sie auf und finden am Rande eines Waldes in einer kleinen Hütte Unterschlupf. Als Frida bemerkt, dass sie schwanger ist, könnte das der schönste Moment ihres Lebens sein. Stattdessen hat sie panische Angst. Als sie und Cal von einer geheimen Kommune namens The Land erfahren, keimt Hoffnung auf. Doch die Bewohner von The Land haben ein dunkles Geheimnis, das nicht nur Frida und Cal betrifft, sondern vor allem ihr ungeborenes Kind. Wie weit darf man gehen, um den zu schützen, den man liebt? California führt in eine Zukunft, die viel näher ist, als uns lieb sein kann, und erschafft ein bedrückend erhellendes Panorama der Menschlichkeit unter extremen Bedingungen. „Eines der Bücher, das sie dieses Jahr lesen MÜSSEN.“ Huffington Post „In ihrem atemberaubenden Debütroman erschafft Edan Lepucki eine satte, sehr realistische und hochkomplexe Zukunftsvision, deren Dramatik sie meisterhaft ausschöpft.“ Jennifer Egan „Was Edan Lepuckis Roman so fantastisch macht ist, dass ihre Überlebenskünstler uns nicht nur ähneln, sie sind wir, in ihrer Besonderheit und in ihren Dilemmas.“ Michael Specktor
“A juice box of suburban satire laced with Alfred Hitchcock” (The Washington Post)—a novel of art, motherhood, and the intensity of female friendships, set in the posh hills above Los Angeles, from the New York Times bestselling author of California
 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • The Boston Globe • San Francisco Chronicle • New York Observer • Huffington Post • The Millions • Nylon • Vulture • Bustle

High in the Hollywood Hills, Lady Daniels has separated from her husband. She’s going to need help with their toddler son if she’s going to finish the memoir she can’t stand writing. From a Craigslist ad, she hires S, a magnetic young artist, to live in the guesthouse behind the pool, take care of Lady’s young son, and keep an eye on her older, teenage one. S performs her job beautifully and quickly draws the entire family into her orbit—but she isn’t exactly who she seems. As Lady and S grow closer, old secrets and new betrayals come to light, jeopardizing what they hold most dear.
 
Praise for Woman No. 17
 
“Woman No. 17 is propulsive and moving, and considers vital questions with empathy and sly intelligence. . . . A winning novel. ”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“Lepucki’s exploration of personal relationships takes on an increasingly noirish tone: Much like Chekhov’s gun, a swimming pool introduced early in the book takes on the shadows of a floating body long before the reader realizes this might be a possibility.”—Elle
 
“Edan Lepucki’s Woman No. 17 is part family melodrama, part twisty self-reflection. . . . Very funny.”—GQ
 
“While Woman No. 17 does possess all the trappings of a frothy page-turner—stormy arguments, showy melodrama, and (oops!) an affair—there are some quiet, serious moments, too. It’s the intersection between the two that makes this read both scintillating and thought-provoking.”—San Francisco Chronicle
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