Freedom comes in many forms...
'Graceful, funny and unnerving as hell' Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation and Weather
At home full-time with her two-year-old son, an artist finds she is struggling. She is lonely and exhausted. She had imagined - what was it she had imagined? Her husband, always travelling for his work, calls her from faraway hotel rooms. One more toddler bedtime, and she fears she might lose her mind.
Instead, quite suddenly, she starts gaining things, surprising things that happen one night when her child will not sleep. Sharper canines. Strange new patches of hair. New appetites, new instincts. And from deep within herself, a new voice...
With its clear eyes on contemporary womanhood and sharp take on structures of power, Nightbitch is an outrageously original, joyfully subversive read that will make you want to howl in laughter and recognition. Addictive enough to be devoured in one sitting, this is an unforgettable novel from a blazing new talent.
'Joyfully demented... I tore through it. This is going to be massive.' Lisa McInerney, winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction
'Feral, unholy... Nightbitch is an incredible feat.' Carmen Maria Machado, author of In The Dream House
'I've been waiting my whole adult life for a read like this. Nightbitch is truly imaginative, utterly original, brave and brilliant - I devoured it.' Elaine Feeney, author of As You Were
'I could not love a novel more than Rachel Yoder's Nightbitch. It's such a uniquely brilliant book... magical, dark, and funny.' Kevin Wilson, author of Nothing To See Here
'The most original book I've read in ages; blistering, enraged and very funny.' Editor's Choice, The Bookseller
'Touches on a kaleidoscope of themes, from female rage to the loss of self that accompanies motherhood, all of it undergirded by feral, ferocious scenes... Unforgettable.' Esquire.com, Best Books of 2021
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This one is a wild ride. The nameless mother is struggling with stay-at-home motherhood after giving up her dream job as a community art gallery director to take care of her young son. Parenting is hard, especially when her counterpart work away during the week and doesn't pull his weight when he's home. She's angry, she's bored, she'd unfulfilled and guilty about it. And she may be slowly turning into a dog.... Interweave this bonkers but brilliant concept with searing satire and laugh-out-loud, black-as-pitch humour and Nightbitch is a wholly engrossing, addictive read. Yoder has some brilliant observations on adult life and the demands of motherhood and I loved the the (fictional) academic text on mythical women that she uses to explore ideas of womanhood. A big roar of a rage of a story that sinks its teeth deep and doesn't let go.