Omnivores by Lydia Millet
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In a wickedly satirical study of the manners and mores of contemporary America, teenager Este+a7e Kraft, a dutiful daughter, struggles to satisfy--or escape--the males in her life: her megalomaniacal father, her real-estate salesman common-law husband, and her toddler son. A first novel.

About Lydia Millet

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Lydia Millet is the author of the New York Times Notable Book Ghost Lights and eight other works of fiction. Her short story collection Love in Infant Monkeys was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She lives with her children outside Tucson, Arizona.
Published May 1, 1996 by Workman Pub Co. 220 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With a useless mother who took to her bed immediately after giving birth to EstÇe, and a sadistic father who collects insects and forces EstÇe to eat them when he isn't running a prosperous crematorium somewhere off the estate, home-schooled EstÇe has learned to survive on her own within this dec...

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As the couple eventually head to Florida and Estee gives birth to a monstrous baby (15 pounds at birth, he eats wasps, birds and boxes of Playtex), the story loses its force due to a lack of focus and the cartoonish behavior of its insufficiently realized characters.

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All manner of voracious American appetites — for sex, power, and possessions — are darkly lampooned in this strange, often very funny debut.

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