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The Shame (Milkweed Editions)

“A delicious, important moral corrective of a novel.” —SHEILA HETI

What if you could change your life? Would you do it? How would you do it?

Alma and her family live close to the land: they raise chickens and sheep, they make maple syrup. Every day Alma’s husband leaves for his job at a nearby college while she stays home with their young children, cleans, searches for secondhand goods online, and reads books by the women writers she adores. Then, one night, she abruptly leaves it all behind—speeding through the darkness, away from their Vermont homestead, bound for New York.

In a series of flashbacks, Alma reveals the circumstances and choices that led to this moment. The joys and claustrophobia of their remote life through the passing of each season. Her fears and uncertainties about motherhood. The painfully awkward faculty dinners. Her feelings of loneliness and failure. And her growing fascination with Celeste: the mysterious ceramicist and self-loving doppelgänger whose story begins as inspiration for Alma before turning into a powerful obsession. 

A fable both blistering and surreal, The Shame is a propulsive, funny, and thought-provoking debut about a woman in isolation, whose mind—fueled by capitalism, motherhood, and the search for meaningful art—attempts to betray her. 

Makenna Goodman lives and works in Vermont. The Shame: A Novel, forthcoming August 2020, is her first novel.

Kathryn Scanlan is the author of Aug 9—Fog and The Dominant Animal. She lives in Los Angeles. 

Author photo by Melanie Schiff

Event date: 
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Shame Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571311368
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Milkweed Editions - August 11th, 2020

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ISBN: 9780374538293
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ISBN: 9780374106874
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Published: MCD - June 4th, 2019