Books by Lydia Millet

Lydia Millet lived in Los Angeles from 1991 to 1994, where she worked as a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications (of Hustler fame) for two years. Subsequently she recieved a Master's in Environmental Policay at Duke University and now lives and writes f


PILLS AND STARSHIPS by Lydia Millet
Released: June 3, 2014

"Detail may be the lifeblood of fiction, but storytelling is its pumping heart; without it, this all-premise effort is DOA. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
Millet imagines a dystopic near future in which the well-heeled make death a family affair. Read full book review >
MAGNIFICENCE by Lydia Millet
Released: Nov. 5, 2012

"The deeply honest, beautiful meditations on love, grief and guilt give way to a curlicued comic-romantic mystery complete with a secret basement and assorted eccentrics."
Millet's conclusion of the trilogy that includes How the Dead Dream (2008) and Ghost Lights (2011) draws a detailed map of the healing process of an adulterous wife who suddenly finds herself a widow. Read full book review >
THE SHIMMERS IN THE NIGHT by Lydia Millet
Released: July 17, 2012

"Nicely serious eco-fantasy; may volume three have more cohesive internal logic. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
The seemingly three-tiered conflict that emerged in Fires Beneath the Sea (2011) coalesces into a single war in this earnest but somewhat haphazard middle volume. Read full book review >
GHOST LIGHTS by Lydia Millet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2011

"Literary fiction with a deep vein of wry social commentary."
Millet's latest opens with T (How the Dead Dream, 2009, etc.) gone missing on the Monkey River. Read full book review >
THE FIRES BENEATH THE SEA by Lydia Millet
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"A lush and intelligent opener for a topical eco-fantasy series. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Nature and science in a vivid Cape Cod setting create layers of meaning as 13-year-old Cara and her brothers confront the puzzle of their mother's disappearance. Read full book review >
LOVE IN INFANT MONKEYS by Lydia Millet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Noble intent, interesting idea, disappointing execution."
Short fiction from risk-taking novelist Millet (How the Dead Dream, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
HOW THE DEAD DREAM by Lydia Millet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"A hymn to love and an elegy for lost species, but not much of a novel."
A story of extinction from Millet (Oh Pure and Radiant Heart, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
OH PURE AND RADIANT HEART by Lydia Millet
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 16, 2005

"Whatever it takes to put the genie back in the bottle, in other words. Lively, provocative fiction, graced by good writing and a refreshingly offbeat worldview."
Enrico Fermi died in 1954. Leo Szilard died in 1964. Robert Oppenheimer died in 1967. Didn't they? Read full book review >
OMNIVORES by Lydia Millet
Released: May 7, 1996

"Perhaps next time she'll tell us something we don't already know."
 Canadian first-novelist Millet debuts with an absurdist carnival lambasting modern American mores—a rollicking farce featuring a present-day damsel in distress, with nary a serious thought in evidence. Read full book review >