Isabella Biedenharn
April 29, 2016 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Sweet Lamb of Heaven: A Novel

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Lydia Millet
genre
Novel

We gave it a B+

What initially seems like standard thriller fare—a young mother on the run from her scary husband, daughter in tow—unfolds into a mind-boggling investigation into questions of God and primordial language. After fleeing her sociopathic husband, Ned, Anna and little Lena seek refuge in a dingy motel in Maine, surrounded by strange but kind guests. Parallel to the fugitive plot is Anna’s struggle to understand the disembodied voice she used to hear, and before long these two stories intertwine in horrifying ways. Millet’s prose is stunning, but the complex philosophy can get convoluted, and some of the minor characters stay pretty flat. Still, you’ll have a hard time putting this down. B+

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