The Invaders

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Over the course of a summer in a wealthy Connecticut community, a forty-something woman and her college-age stepson’s lives fall apart in a series of violent shocks.

Cheryl has never been the right kind of country-club wife. She’s always felt like an outsider, and now, in her mid-forties—facing the harsh realities of aging while her marriage disintegrates and her troubled stepson, Teddy, is kicked out of college—she feels cast adrift by the sparkling seaside community of Little Neck Cove, Connecticut. So when Teddy shows up at home just as a storm brewing off the coast threatens to destroy the precarious safe haven of the cove, she joins him in an epic downward spiral.

The Invaders, a searing follow-up to Karolina Waclawiak’s critically acclaimed debut novel, How to Get into the Twin Palms, casts a harsh light on the glossy sheen of even the most “perfect” lives in America’s exclusive beach communities. With sharp wit and dark humor, The Invaders exposes the lies and insecurities that run like fault lines through our culture, threatening to pitch bored housewives, pill-popping children, and suspicious neighbors headlong into the suburban abyss.

Editorial Reviews

“A scathing look at privileged people trapped by their own choices but unable to imagine an alternative to their misery.”

Tom Perrotta, New York Times bestselling author

“A blazing wonder of a novel…As whip smart and cunning as it is poignant and mysterious.”

Megan Abbott, Edgar-winning author of Dare Me

“A perfect, and perfectly dark, beach read told with LA-noir style but set in tony country-club Connecticut.”

Vanity Fair

“Fiercely witty…The Invaders chronicles what happens when one woman risks looking beyond the manicured lawns and cozy cottages to consider what her life has become…With deft humor and insight, Waclawiak reveals her characters’ long-hidden vulnerabilities. The Invaders asks us to contemplate what happens to people’s hearts when their lives are lived on the surface. What happens to love?”

O, The Oprah Magazine

“Waclawiak writes about the power of sexual currency and what happens to a woman’s identity when she begins to feel sexually invisible.”

Millihelen.com

“Waclawiak’s novel exposes the underpinnings of Little Neck Cove for what they are: paltry, superficial façades that poorly mask any semblance of charity, tolerance, or humanity…With its spot-on characterizations, droll dialogue, and staccato pacing, Waclawiak’s dark satire is a trenchant indictment of the country-club set tempered by compassionately rendered portraits of two of its not entirely unwitting victims.”

Booklist

“Witty, dark, and honest, this novel tells the hard—but hilarious—truths about aging in America, dysfunctional relationships, and suburban vices.”

Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins

Author Biography

Karolina Waclawiak received her BFA in screenwriting from USC School of Cinematic Arts and her MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Glamour, the Rumpus, and the Believer, where she is also an editor. She lives in Los Angeles.

Reader Biography

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.

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