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A children's bible: a novel

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Longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction An indelible novel of teenage alienation and adult complacency in an unraveling world.

Pulitzer Prize finalist Lydia Millet's sublime new novel--her first since the National Book Award long-listed Sweet Lamb of Heaven --follows a group of twelve eerily mature children on a forced vacation with their families at a sprawling lakeside mansion.

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.

A Children's Bible is a prophetic, heartbreaking story of generational divide--and a haunting vision of what awaits us on the far side of Revelation.

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Grouping Titlechildrens bible
Grouping Authorlydia millet
Grouping Categorybook
Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2020-09-21 10:45:18AM
Last Indexed2020-09-23 04:19:38AM
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subject_facetAlienation (Philosophy) -- Fiction
Apathy -- Fiction
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction
Child abuse -- Fiction
Children's Bibles -- Fiction
Conflict of generations -- Fiction
Domestic fiction
End of the world -- Biblical teaching -- Fiction
End of the world -- Fiction
Environmental disasters -- Fiction
Family vacations -- Fiction
Parent and teenager -- Fiction
Psychological fiction
Revelation -- Fiction
Runaway children -- Fiction
Survival -- Fiction
Teenagers -- Fiction
title_displayA children's bible : a novel
title_fullA Children's Bible
A children's bible : a novel / Lydia Millet
A children's bible : a novel [electronic resource] / Lydia Millet
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topic_facetAlienation (Philosophy)
Biblical teaching
Brothers and sisters
Child abuse
Children's Bibles
Conflict of generations
End of the world
Environmental disasters
Family vacations
Parent and teenager
Runaway children