A Children’s Bible | Lydia Millet


This new thrilling novel by Lydia Millet will surprise you at every turn. Set in an apocalyptic scenario that seems a little too probable, A Children’s Bible follows a group of young people as they witness the destruction of everything they have taken for granted.
While their parents passively ignore the worsening conditions and turn to debaucherous distractions, the kids are forced to fight for their own survival.
Full of biblical symbolism, bitter irony and biting social commentary, this allegory for climate change will leave a lasting impact on readers long after finishing it.


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 twelve 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.

Sophie Devarenne is a bookseller at our State Street location. Her favorite book at the moment is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction). She says the story is a perfect mix of captivating writing, suspense, and introspection with a cast of remarkably real and lovable characters.