Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki
A Novel

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“Woman No. 17” is a taut tightrope walk of a novel, a delicate balance between two perspectives...This combination of distinct voice and wide range is exceedingly rare; we can only hope we don’t have to wait too long for the next work from this immensely talented writer.
-The Maine Edge

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A sinister, sexy noir about art, motherhood, and the intensity of female friendships, set in the posh hills above Los Angeles, from the New York Times bestselling author of California
 
High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. Left alone with her children, she’s going to need a hand taking care of her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In response to a Craigslist ad, S arrives, a magnetic young artist who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s toddler, Devin, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage son, Seth. S performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady.
 
But in the heat of the summer, S’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. And as Lady and S move closer to one another, the glossy veneer of Lady’s privileged life begins to crack, threatening to expose old secrets that she has been keeping from her family. Meanwhile, S is protecting secrets of her own, about her real motivation for taking the job. S and Lady are both playing a careful game, and every move they make endangers the things they hold most dear.
 
Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting voices of her generation.
 

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Published May 9, 2017 by Hogarth. 322 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Reviewed by Allen Adams on May 10 2017

“Woman No. 17” is a taut tightrope walk of a novel, a delicate balance between two perspectives...This combination of distinct voice and wide range is exceedingly rare; we can only hope we don’t have to wait too long for the next work from this immensely talented writer.

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