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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize finalist Lydia Millet's sublime new novel - her first since the National Book Award long-listed Sweet Lamb of Heaven - follows a group of 12 eerily mature children on a forced vacation with their families at a sprawling lakeside mansion. 

Contemptuous of their parents, who pass their days in a stupor of liquor, drugs, and sex, the children feel neglected and suffocated at the same time. When a destructive storm descends on the summer estate, the group's ringleaders - including Eve, who narrates the story - decide to run away, leading the younger ones on a dangerous foray into the apocalyptic chaos outside. 

As the scenes of devastation begin to mimic events in the dog-eared picture Bible carried around by her beloved little brother, Eve devotes herself to keeping him safe from harm. 

A Children's Bible is a prophetic, heartbreaking story of generational divide - and a haunting vision of what awaits us on the far side of Revelation.

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A warning for millenials

I loved it. If you think it's the boomers who need these warnings, or that it is the boomers who are represented by the parents in this book, think again. By making the parents artists, professors, engineers, left wing feminist academics, Millet really drives home that actually, it is millenials who are doomed to be the 'did-nothing' generation in the "war" gainst climate change. Will we as individuals do anything, no matter how futile it seems, or will we just sit back and live our lives doing exactly as we wanted. A must read, especially for those thinking of having children. It is good to read alongside The Wall.

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  • Paganini
  • 15-05-2020

What a stupid book!

Childishly written, with cardboard characters. Ridiculous stereotypes in place of recognizable people. Blameless and monstrously selfish children opposed to useless adults. I’m 75 with an 18-year-old daughter. In daily contact with her and her cohort, I have never, and hope to never, meet any of Millet’s characters. Poorly drawn apocalyptic storm - drugs!- sex!- bad guys with guns!- good guys with guns! Is this a screenplay for a TV series? Oh yes, and a black helicopter with a wealthy Mystery Woman - kind! understanding! forceful! yet gentle! Also, a birth in a stable? Cheap symbolism everywhere. Snow-white yacht with snow-white yachties and a compromised navigation system...

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  • CCC
  • 20-10-2020

Not sure what to make of this

Wow, this was all over the place. On the one hand, the writing was good. The story was - eh. It was overbaked & got to read like a bad episode of The Walking Dead. I couldn't really care for the characters & by the time this short book ended I was glad. The narrator did as good a job as can be expected with such removed writing. I'm shocked it's so well regarded. Not sure I'd have wasted a credit on it. It was uncomfortable, but not new. These topics have been covered better by other writers.

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  • Indyquaz
  • 05-12-2020

What am I missing?

I listened to this after learning the book was one of the top 5 notable 2020 novels picked by the NYT Book Review. It may be the most surprising pick I've ever read from their annual top 10 lists; I can easily imagine how a reviewer might slam it for forcing its story to fit its biblical allusions, treating most characters as predictable types, and then spelling out its message at the end in case you didn't hear it the first 4 times. That said, I did not hate it. The novel's teenage narrator is an interesting voice, more subtle than the characters whose story she tells except for that of "The Owner", who serves as the Jesus figure and whose second coming is an amusing take on what we might really need a savior to be like. I'm open to learning what I missed that makes this a top 5 pick. (The audiobook actress was terrific).

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  • Ignatius
  • 08-11-2020

Better than Tartt

Precocious and world-weary kids, post-Apocalypse, Zombie free-love parents, all set against a Bible parable backdrop -- what's not to like? This is what The Goldfinch or Secret History could have been.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-2021

Lydia Millet is a treasure

This book has stayed with me in a way a book has not for a very long time. What will our children inherit from this world we've made for them? How will they remember us? What is happening to our planet now? How will we fit that into our brains? Only in the gauzy magic of this book have I found fully been able to grapple with those questions. Meaningful while still funny, and it lingers....it haunts.

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  • rachel cartwright
  • 31-12-2020

Save for an easier time

This is a great book , read by my favorite narrator, but in these crazy times it strikes a little too close to home - def worth reading - but maybe wait till easier days are with us

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  • michaelforrest
  • 20-12-2020

Hard to follow

struggled with the narrator's voice here. the story has its moments but eventually very fleeting at best.

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  • Pat
  • 13-12-2020

climate change meets boxcar children

Imagine many bored and jaded boxcar children banding together to escape their parents and successfully survive major catastrophes. Add Jack, the most interesting character. This is a dystopian novel for the climate change generation. The first few chapters are tough to listen to, as the characters are so self-involved. But the story grows beyond that. My biggest disappointment was the narration, which I found to be flat and a bit muffled.

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  • Robyn E. Ellis
  • 11-01-2021

less entertaining than the actual bible

This got such good reviews but it's so flat and boring. The narration is also very flat. No character development and very little points of interest within the plot. Recommend skipping this one.

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