Sweet Lamb of Heaven

Paperback Cover for Sweet Lamnb of Heaven

Lydia Millet’s latest novel is a chilling first-person account of a young mother, Anna, escaping her cold and unfaithful husband, a businessman who’s just launched his first campaign for political office. When Ned chases Anna and their six-year-old daughter from Alaska to Maine, the two go into hiding in a run-down motel on the coast. But the longer they stay, the less the guests in the dingy motel look like typical tourists — and the less Ned resembles a typical candidate. As his pursuit of Anna and their child moves from threatening to criminal, Ned begins to alter his wife’s world in ways she never could have imagined.


Awards and Honors

Longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction

Shortlisted for the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize

Washington Post Best Book of 2016

A Wall Street Journal Book of the Year 2016

New York Best Book of 2016

Kirkus Best Book of 2016


Praise and Reviews

“A winner.”
–People Magazine

[Sweet Lamb of Heaven]’s a rare thing, a semi-experimental narrative, and, thanks to Millet’s precisely elliptical language, it’s a rare pleasure to read.”
–Boston Globe [ Click here to see full review ]

“Taking the prize for creepiest read during an election year is Lydia Millet’s literary thriller Sweet Lamb of Heaven.
–Vogue [ Click here to see full review ]

“We didn’t know we needed a metaphysical thriller, but here Millet is with a fine one.”
Star-Tribune [ Click here to see Mark Athitakis’s full review ]

“Millet’s an interesting writer with bold ideas, and her plot only gets more engaging with each page…”
Electric Literature [ Click here to see the full review ]

“… an extraordinary metaphysical thriller from one of America’s most inventive novelists.”
–Slate [ Click here to see full review ]

“Lydia Millet is not as popular as she should be. This novel will change that.”
–The Washington Post [ Click here to see full review ]

Author Laura Lippman reviews Sweet Lamb of Heaven
–The New York Times [ Click here to see full review ]

“Lydia Millet has cooked up a contemplative thriller of endurance in Sweet Lamb of Heaven.”
–The L.A. Times [ Click here to see full review ]

“In her suspenseful eleventh work of fiction, Millet (Mermaids in Paradise, 2014) walks a thin line between story and vision, the ordinary and the mysterious, the human and the planetary…. Operating, as always, on multiple levels with artistic panache, emotional precision, and profound intent, Millet transforms a violent family conflict into a war of cosmic proportions over nothing less than life itself.” [Starred Review]
–Booklist  [ Click here to see full review ]

“Millet weaves a satisfying cat and mouse game…. Her novel reads like top-notch psychological suspense…. This is a page-turner from a very talented writer, and the result is a crowd-pleaser.”
–Publishers Weekly