A sharp, funny, delightfully unhinged collection of stories set in the dark world of domesticity, American Housewifefeatures murderous ladies who lunch, celebrity treasure-hunters, and the best bra-fitter south of the Mason Dixon line.
Meet the women of American Housewife:they wear lipstick, pearls, and sunscreen, even when it's cloudy. They casserole. They pinwheel. They pump the salad spinner like a CPR dummy. And then they kill a party-crasher, carefully stepping around the body to pull cookies out of the oven.
These twelve irresistible stories take us from a haunted pre-war Manhattan apartment building to the set of a rigged reality television show, from the unique initiation ritual of a book club to the getaway car of a pageant princess on the lam, from the gallery opening of a tinfoil artist to the fitting room of a legendary lingerie shop.
Vicious, fresh, and nutty as a poisoned Snicker, American Housewifeis an uproarious, pointed commentary on womanhood.
Helen Ellis is the acclaimed author of Eating the Cheshire Cat and American Housewife. She is a poker player who competes on the national tournament circuit. Raised in Alabama, she lives with her husband in New York City.
‘A collection of witty, acerbic short stories about the demons in every dream home. One story made me blink because I thought my eyes were deceiving me. Dorothy Parker meets The Real Housewivesof New York City’
– Red Magazine
'This is one of the most perfect books of all time. This is one of the most perfect books of all time. The type of book that you find yourself forcing on everyone you know saying, "Your life will not be complete until you read this book."'
– The Pool
‘When people find out I’m a housewife, they wonder if I’m being ironic or satirical. Why – when so many artists have portrayed the housewife so beautifully – would I ever let the word go? Here are five of the best’
– ‘The List: Five American Housewives’ feature by Helen Ellis, FT Weekend
‘This compendium of stories by Helen Ellis, teetering on the brink of reality TV and Criminal Minds will send chills down your perfectly postured spine’
– Irish Tatler
‘A rambunctious collection of desperate housewives stories written by the helmstress of Twitter’s @WhatIDoAllDay’
‘Helen Ellis’s electric short stories are whip-smart and sparky, crackling with dark humour and the kind of unruly thinking that can get a woman in and out of all kinds of trouble’
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