Wayward

Dana Spiotta

£14.99

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Little, Brown Book Group
13 January 2022
ISBN: 9780349016412
Hardback
288 pages

From the publisher

’Furious and addictive’ New York Times
’Urgent, deeply moving, wholly original’ GEORGE SAUNDERS
’A dazzling lightning bolt of a novel’ JENNY OFFILL
’Fiercely funny and deliciously subversive’ YIYUN LI

New York Times Notable Book of the Year
Selected as a best book of the year by the Washington PostVoguePublishers Weekly and Kirkus

Just as it seems she has it all, Samantha Raymond’s life begins to come apart: Trump has been elected, her mother is ill and her teenage daughter is increasingly remote. At fifty-two she finds herself staring into ‘the Mids’ – night-time hours of supreme wakefulness where women of a certain age contemplate their lives. For Sam, this means motherhood, mortality, and the state of an unravelling nation.

When Sam falls in love with a beautiful, decrepit house on the wrong side of town, she buys it on a whim and flees her suburban life – and her family – in an attempt to find beauty in the ruins.

‘Exhilarating. . . A virtuosic, singular and very funny portrait of a woman seeking sanity and purpose in a world gone mad’ New York Times Book Review

‘What begins as a vertiginous leap into hilarious rabbit holes ends as a brilliant meditation on mortality and time. How does she do it? Only Dana Spiotta knows. I’m just happy to see her work her magic’ Jenny Offill