*'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
A NEW YORK TIMES Notable Book of the year
Also chosen as a best book of the year by Vogue, Publishers 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' - those night-time hours of supreme wakefulness where women of a certain age contemplate their lives. In Sam's case, 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
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Middle-aged women are a group all too often overlooked by most elements of today's media. This excellent novel exploring the travails of fifty something, perimenopausal Sam after she walks out on her husband and teenage daughter and sets up home elsewhere at least partly redresses the balance. Why has Sam moved out? What part did the election of Donald Trump play in her decision? Will she ever return to her husband? Can she trust her new friends? Who is behind the strange messages she keeps receiving? This is a thoroughly readable and very well-written book.