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Woman No. 17

A Novel

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Washington Post Best Books of 2017

New York Times
bestselling author Edan Lepucki's Woman No. 17 is a "winning novel.”
— New York Times Book Review

High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. Left alone with her children, she’s going to need a hand taking care of her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In response to a Craigslist ad, S arrives, a magnetic young artist who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s toddler, Devin, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage son, Seth. S performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady.
But in the heat of the summer, S’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. And as Lady and S move closer to one another, the glossy veneer of Lady’s privileged life begins to crack, threatening to expose old secrets that she has been keeping from her family. Meanwhile, S is protecting secrets of her own, about her real motivation for taking the job. S and Lady are both playing a careful game, and every move they make endangers the things they hold most dear.
Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting voices of her generation.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 06, 2017 – A newly-separated writer hires a mysterious young artist as a live-in nanny in this engaging examination of modern art and family dynamics. After unexpectedly asking her husband Karl to move out, Lady enlists the enchanting S to help care for her toddler, Devin, as well as keep an eye on Seth, her mute teenage son from an earlier marriage. As alternating narration quickly reveals, S is a fake name, a front for her real reason for applying for the job. Most of the novel concerns the complicated family situations of Lady and S, primarily Lady's fraught relationship with Kit, her famous photographer sister-in-law. The book takes its title from a suggestive photo that Kit once took of Lady, a piece of art whose significance informs everything from S's mother's alcoholism to Lady's estrangement from Seth's biological father. The disclosure of an affair forces each character to reckon with how they've deceived both themselves and one another. Lepucki's (California) brisk style and arresting characterizations make for a compelling portrait of womanhood in the present moment, right down to its intriguing integration of social media.

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Woman no. 17

I kept looked forward to a final plot twist or revelation. Nothing. Just characters with little value, doing more of the same. I think the author forgot to add the last few chapters. A unsatisfying end. And what's up with the dead bunny? Odd.

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Woman No. 17. The writing was engaging and well thought out setting the stage for a unique plot and cast of characters. I am delighted to find a novel that's fresh and original. If you're looking for a dramatic series of events this isn't the book for you but if you're looking for an original, well written summer read this is it.

Woman No. 17
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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: May 09, 2017
  • Publisher: Crown/Archetype
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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