Wayward: A novel

Dana Spiotta

Wayward: A novel
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Wayward: A novel

Dana Spiotta

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR * A furious and addictive new novel (The New York Times) about mothers and daughters, and one woman’s midlife reckoning as she flees her suburban life. A virtuosic, singular and very funny portrait of a woman seeking sanity and purpose in a world gone mad. -The New York Times Book Review Riddled with insights into aging, womanhood, and discontent, Wayward is as elegant as it is raw, and almost as funny as it is sad. -Philadelphia Inquirer A comic, vital new novel. -The New Yorker Samantha Raymond’s life has begun to come apart: her mother is ill, her teenage daughter is increasingly remote, and at fifty-two she finds herself staring into the Mids -that hour of supreme wakefulness between three and four in the morning in which women of a certain age suddenly find themselves contemplating motherhood, mortality, and, in this case, the state of our unraveling nation. When she falls in love with a beautiful, decrepit house in a hardscrabble neighborhood in Syracuse, she buys it on a whim and flees her suburban life-and her family-as she grapples with how to be a wife, a mother, and a daughter, in a country that is coming apart at the seams. Dana Spiotta’s Wayward is a stunning novel about aging, about the female body, and about female complexity in contemporary America. Probing and provocative, brainy and sensual, it is a testament to our weird times, to reforms and resistance and utopian wishes, and to the beauty of ruins.

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