Fight No More – DRAFT 4 REVIEW

Fight No More Book Cover

In her first story collection since Love in Infant Monkeys, which became a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Lydia Millet explores what it means to be home. Nina, a lonely real-estate broker estranged from her only relative, is at the center of a web of stories connecting fractured communities and families. She moves through the houses of L.A.’s wealthy elite and finds men and women both crass and tender, vicious and desperate. With wit and intellect, Millet offers profound insight into human behavior from the ordinary to the bizarre: strong-minded girls are beset by the helpless, myopic executives are tormented by their employees, and beastly men do beastly things.

Fresh off the critical triumph of Sweet Lamb of Heaven (longlisted for the National Book Award), Millet is pioneering a new kind of satire—compassionate toward its victims and hilariously brutal in its depiction of modern American life.


Praise and Reviews

“Superb … just because we can be made to laugh doesn’t mean it’s not dead serious.”

“As Millet makes exceptionally potent use of the linked-stories form, her writing is razor-edged, her comedy at once caustic and compassionate, and her insights agile as she contrasts rich and poor, house and home, delusion and love.”

“A beautiful, bold, and surprisingly funny short story collection that’s pitch-perfect L.A.”
Orange County Register

“Millet so readily shifts point of view—by turns she can be a snotty rich kid, a pedophile, and a lower-class cam girl striving to rise above her station. … A linked-story collection done right, with sensitive and complex characters each looking for a place to call home.”
Kirkus (starred review)

Fight No More was a Library Journal fiction pick for June 2018