Omnivores 2018 edition cover

In a claustrophobic, surreal California house, teenager Estée Kraft lives with her domineering father, whose obsession with insect taxonomy bleeds into sadism. As his schemes multiply, Estée’s bedridden mother, entranced by the glow of the shopping channel, remains oblivious to the escalating chaos. Estée manages to escape her childhood home only to find new horrors awaiting her in marriage and motherhood. In a climactic twist, her traumas take form in flesh and blood—a legacy of the voracious male appetites that have haunted her life.

With acerbic wit, philosophical depth, and enthralling lyricism, Omnivores cuts to the core of America’s hypocrisies and anxieties, and introduced Lydia Millet as one of the wildest satirists of our time.


Praise and Reviews

Omnivores reads like a cartoon with soul.”
–Los Angeles Times

“If Flannery O’Connor came back from the dead and abandoned her fixation with Southern religion, she might be proud to write something like Lydia Millet’s astonishing first novel, Omnivores
Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale)

Omnivores is a bitingly funny look at the ugly face of consumerism, America as one big Home Shopping Network.”
–The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

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

“wonderfully inventive”
–The New York Times