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A Children's Bible by Lydia Millet
Literary fiction

A Children's Bible

by Lydia Millet

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Neglectful parents. Strong-willed children. A raging apocalypse. Enter the eerie world of this acclaimed novel.

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Synopsis

Contemptuous of their parents, who pass their days in a stupor of liquor, drugs, and sex, the children feel neglected and suffocated at the same time. When a destructive storm descends on the summer estate, the group’s ringleaders—including Eve, who narrates the story—decide to run away, leading the younger ones on a dangerous foray into the apocalyptic chaos outside.

As the scenes of devastation begin to mimic events in the dog-eared picture Bible carried around by her beloved little brother, Eve devotes herself to keeping him safe from harm.

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