Sweet Lamb of Heaven

This psychological thriller follows a mother and child escaping from her cold, unfaithful husband.

By Lydia Millet Read by Lydia Millet Family Life / Fiction / Literary English, Unabridged 7h 0m Sell Sheet Also available on
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*Kirkus Reviews Most Anticipated Books of 2016

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. 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. This double-edged and satisfying story features a strong female protagonist, a thrilling plot, and a creeping sense of the apocalyptic, Sweet Lamb of Heaven builds to a shattering ending with profound implications for its characters.

“Lydia Millet is not as popular as she should be. This novel will change that… That Millet can smuggle her original insights into a structure featuring a rollicking kidnapping plot and deliciously well-drawn characters makes her achievement even more remarkable.” - Washington Post

“A top-notch tale of domestic paranoia that owes a debt to spooky psychological page-turners like Rosemary's Baby yet driven by Millet's particular offbeat thinking.” - Kirkus (Starred Review)

"...deep and suspense-chilly." - Library Journal Review

“But Lydia Millet’s “Sweet Lamb of Heaven” confounded me, delightfully so...I have little patience with literary novels that claim to have the propulsive momentum of a thriller, yet Millet pulls it off." - Laura Lipman for The New York Times

“Lydia Millet has cooked up a contemplative thriller of endurance…” - The Los Angeles Times

“[A]n extraordinary metaphysical thriller from one of America’s most inventive novelists… This is the skeleton—and no small amount of the flesh—of a Stephen King novel...But Millet’s fiction inhabits a different moral universe from King’s. In his novels, the nature of evil goes largely unquestioned; what concerns King is the task of summoning the courage to confront it. Sweet Lamb of Heaven uses the same epic devices to put forth a new idea of horror...Millet gives us a new paradigm; her adversary isn’t horror’s usual bad guy, an atavistic entity hell-bent on destruction for its own sake, but the modern world’s infatuation with manufactured, convenient sameness. The showdown still comes decked out in all the suspenseful trappings we love best—a plot filled with surveillance and intrigue; a terrifyingly malevolent antagonist; an endangered child; a ragtag crew of brave resistors—but the soul of humanity is only one modest portion of what’s at stake." - Laura Miller, Slate Book Review

“7 Books You Need To Read This May” If Millet’s title and premise — woman hears voices from her baby, hides out from her estranged, psycho politician-husband — primes you to expect genre conformity, prepare to be surprised by more than plot twists. The woman, Anna, is too dry and passive to fit the mold of wifely revenge; her husband, Ned — picture Ted Cruz if he had charisma and actually fit a serial killer’s profile — is too specific to be anyone’s stereotype. And as Anna and other voice-hearers explore the collective unconscious of their hallucinations, the Pulitzer finalist’s philosophical fireworks add layers of energy and mystery. - NYMag - Vulture

“12 Books for Mother’s Day” A mother who hears voices from her baby and then goes into hiding from her psycho politician husband? It’s not at all what you’d expect (it’s deep and decidedly for the sane). - NY Mag – The Cut

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