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Publisher Description

In this blazingly smart and voracious debut novel, an artist turned stay-at-home mom becomes convinced she's turning into a dog. • "A must-read for anyone who can’t get enough of the ever-blurring line between the psychological and supernatural that Yellowjackets exemplifies." —Vulture

One day, the mother was a mother, but then one night, she was quite suddenly something else...

An ambitious mother puts her art career on hold to stay at home with her newborn son, but the experience does not match her imagination. Two years later, she steps into the bathroom for a break from her toddler's demands, only to discover a dense patch of hair on the back of her neck. In the mirror, her canines suddenly look sharper than she remembers. Her husband, who travels for work five days a week, casually dismisses her fears from faraway hotel rooms.

As the mother's symptoms intensify, and her temptation to give in to her new dog impulses peak, she struggles to keep her alter-canine-identity secret. Seeking a cure at the library, she discovers the mysterious academic tome which becomes her bible, A Field Guide to Magical Women: A Mythical Ethnography, and meets a group of mommies involved in a multilevel-marketing scheme who may also be more than what they seem.

An outrageously original novel of ideas about art, power, and womanhood wrapped in a satirical fairy tale, Nightbitch will make you want to howl in laughter and recognition. And you should. You should howl as much as you want.

338 Reviews

Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“this. book. i recommend this book to everyone. the feminine rage, the anger that comes from the under-appreciation of motherhood, the visceral imagery! i felt so connected to nightbitch, i felt empathy for her and, by extension, i felt empathy for myself and all other women. i sobbed the whole way through this book, from sadness and anger and joy. oh the catharsis!”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingOriginal writingTwistyUnpredictableDarkThought-provokingAnimal abuse
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“this put a lot of things into such a new light for me (motherhood, womanhood, anger) but mostly for me violence. I don't know how she made violence so beautiful. I saw a lot of people say this made them not wanna have kids but I feel the opposite. Nightbitch and her sons relationship made me so happy.”
Likable charactersBeautifully writtenWhimsicalAddictiveSuspensefulDescriptiveEnchantingDarkMemorableThought-provoking
Loudly Crying Face“Made me think a lot about women who struggle adjusting to motherhood and the different struggles they go through some parts were absolutely gut wrenching to read. The way this book was written made some parts really but I’m really glad Nightbitch did end up finding happiness in herself again.”
Multi-layered charactersOriginal writingWhimsicalAddictiveImmersive settingRealistic settingMeaningfulMovingThought-provoking
Thinking Face“This book took a second for me to get into, and while I finally got around to enjoying the plot, I think it could have benefited from more cohesive writing”
Multi-layered charactersOriginal characters
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“the feminine urge to act like a feral dog”
Characters change and growEnchantingHauntingImmersive settingMeaningfulAnimal abuse

About Rachel Yoder

RACHEL YODER is a founding editor of draft: the journal of process. She holds M.F.A's from the University of Arizona (fiction) and the University of Iowa (nonfiction), where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. Her stories and essays have been published in literary journals such as The Kenyon Review and The Missouri Review, as well as national outlets such as The New York Times, The Sun, and Lit Hub. She lives in Iowa City with her husband and son.

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