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A Children's Bible by Lydia Millet

A Children's Bible

A Novel

Lydia Millet

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Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publication date: 12 May 2020
ISBN: 9781324005032

A brilliant, indelible novel of teenage alienation and adult complacency in a world whose climate and culture are unravelling.

4 stars out of 5
7 Jun 2020

"wildly funny, deeply scary and unnervingly familiar, a dystopian tale that feels like it was written for right now"

Millet is hugely ambitious and asks a lot of her novel, but not of her reader. Her touch is light and sure, even when her aim is to terrify. The allegorical elements of A Children’s Bible are sometimes brutal, but more often playful. Every echo of the Scriptures reminds us of the force of the original and the beauty of making something new out of something old. If there can be hope in a dystopian novel, it lies in that artful recycling.

 

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