One of my reading goals this year was to tackle my TBR list. I’m happy to report that Nightbitch was an outstandingly weird, original and darkly funny story.
Since this is a satire about an (unnamed) stay-at-home mother who finds herself turning into a dog, there are scenes of violence to watch out for. But I found this outrageous story to be absolutely incredible.
“𝘏𝘰𝘸 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘸𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘺 𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘦𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘴𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨? … 𝘐𝘵’𝘴 𝘢𝘭𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘴 𝘪𝘧𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘴𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘢 𝘥𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘪𝘵,” the mother writes.
This smart book will make you think and laugh out loud. It has already been optioned for a movie starring Amy Adams. I listened to the audiobook narrated by the incomparable Cassandra Campbell and I can’t stop thinking about this wicked and witty story.
About the Book:
One day, the mother was a mother but then, one night, she was quite suddenly something else…
At home full-time with her two-year-old son, an artist finds she is struggling. She is lonely and exhausted. She had imagined – what was it she had imagined? Her husband, always travelling for his work, calls her from faraway hotel rooms. One more toddler bedtime, and she fears she might lose her mind.
Instead, quite suddenly, she starts gaining things, surprising things that happen one night when her child will not sleep. Sharper canines. Strange new patches of hair. New appetites, new instincts. And from deep within herself, a new voice…
With its clear eyes on contemporary womanhood and sharp take on structures of power, Nightbitch is an outrageously original, joyfully subversive read that will make you want to howl in laughter and recognition. Addictive enough to be devoured in one sitting, this is an unforgettable novel from a blazing new talent.