Woman No. 17 (Hardcover)
Virtually nothing is as it seems in this stylish novel of two women whose lives become increasingly intertwined. Lady Daniels and her nanny, S, develop a bond that has multiple layers filled with deception and one that corrupts both. What on the surface appears to be a novel of family slowly builds suspense and becomes something entirely different. Filled with a pungent, dark humor the reader is drawn inexorably into this tale of people whose lives are totally at variance with their surface appearance.— From Bill
Washington Post Best Books of 2017 New York Times bestselling author Edan Lepucki's Woman No. 17 is a "winning novel."
-- New York Times Book Review
High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. Left alone with her children, she's going to need a hand taking care of her young son if she's ever going to finish her memoir. In response to a Craigslist ad, S arrives, a magnetic young artist who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady's toddler, Devin, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage son, Seth. S performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady. But in the heat of the summer, S's connection to Lady's older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. And as Lady and S move closer to one another, the glossy veneer of Lady's privileged life begins to crack, threatening to expose old secrets that she has been keeping from her family. Meanwhile, S is protecting secrets of her own, about her real motivation for taking the job. S and Lady are both playing a careful game, and every move they make endangers the things they hold most dear. Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting voices of her generation.
About the Author
EDAN LEPUCKI is the New York Times bestselling author of the novel California as well as the novella If You're Not Yet Like Me. A contributing editor and staff writer at the Millions, she has also published fiction and nonfiction in McSweeney's, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Cut, and elsewhere. She is the founder of Writing Workshops Los Angeles.