Woman No. 17 (Hardcover)
Lady Daniels lives in the Hollywood Hills. Recently separated, she is looking for a nanny to take care of her 3-year old, Devin, so she can write her memoir. In response to a Craig’s list ad, she hires “S”, a young artist who will live in the guesthouse. Both of these two main characters are in transition and not handling it very well, but the intriguing character is the older son, Seth. He’s a selective mute who has never said a word. Everybody in the house seems to have their secrets. Lepucki has created a real sense of Los Angeles and the book keeps you involved right until the end.— Jane Guthrie
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.