Our Lady of the Prairie

By Thisbe Nissen
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15.12 Hours 01/23/2018 unabridged
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A sharp and bitingly funny novel about a professor whose calm-ish midwestern life gives way to a vortex of crises—and her attempts to salvage the pieces without going to pieces herself In the space of a few torrid months on the Iowa prairie, Phillipa Maakestad—long-married theater professor and mother of an unstable daughter—grapples with a life turned upside down. After falling headlong into a passionate affair during a semester spent teaching in Ohio, Phillipa returns home to Iowa for her daughter Ginny’s wedding. There, Phillipa must endure (among other things) a wedding-day tornado, a menace of a mother-in-law who may or may not have been a Nazi collaborator, and the tragicomic revenge fantasies of her heretofore docile husband. Naturally, she does what any newly liberated woman would do: she takes a match to her life on the prairie and then steps back to survey the wreckage. Set in the seething political climate of a contentious election, Thisbe Nissen’s new novel is sexy, smart, and razor-sharp—a freight train barreling through the heart of the land and the land of the heart.

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Summary

Summary

A Vanity Fair Hot Type Pick of What to Read in February

A Chicago Review of Books Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2018

A Refinery29 Pick of Most Anticipated Books of the Month

A BookRiot Pick

A sharp and bitingly funny novel about a professor whose calm-ish midwestern life gives way to a vortex of crises—and her attempts to salvage the pieces without going to pieces herself

In the space of a few torrid months on the Iowa prairie, Phillipa Maakestad—long-married theater professor and mother of an unstable daughter—grapples with a life turned upside down. After falling headlong into a passionate affair during a semester spent teaching in Ohio, Phillipa returns home to Iowa for her daughter Ginny’s wedding. There, Phillipa must endure (among other things) a wedding-day tornado, a menace of a mother-in-law who may or may not have been a Nazi collaborator, and the tragicomic revenge fantasies of her heretofore docile husband.

Naturally, she does what any newly liberated woman would do: she takes a match to her life on the prairie and then steps back to survey the wreckage.

Set in the seething political climate of a contentious election, Thisbe Nissen’s new novel is sexy, smart, and razor-sharp—a freight train barreling through the heart of the land and the land of the heart.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A long-married and long-suffering Midwestern mother is hit with a political, emotional, and literal tornado.” Vanity Fair
“A parable or a revenge fantasy [Our Lady of the Prairie] reveal[s] something that runs much deeper and darker than mere extramarital passion.” New York Times Book Review
“Wonderfully witty…A satirical take on the serene Midwestern life and an insightful, comical look at a woman whose life starts to unravel at breakneck speed.” Chicago Review of Books
“Brazen, sexy, and whip smart: We adored this ode to the power and spirit of feisty Midwestern women.” Refinery 29
“The wholesome Midwestern setting provides rich humor…While adultery is at the heart of this delightful novel, Phillipa and the extensive cast of supporting characters exhibit kindness and forgiveness at every plot twist.” Shelf Awareness
“Investigating dysfunction and cynicism with humor, Nissen writes a descriptive novel filled with vulnerable and complicated characters who are often all too human.” Library Journal
“With humor, grace, and honesty, Nissen’s three heroines ride an emotional roller coaster as they reconcile their respective pasts, ride out a turbulent present, and, hopefully, secure a more serene future.” Booklist
“Nissen excels at capturing her protagonist as a woman on the edge—the elation, the sex, the emotional roller coaster, the questionable choices.” Publishers Weekly
“A bold and ambitious look into the roiling emotions of a woman caught between should and could, between I must and I want.” Joshua Ferris, author of Then We Came to the End
Our Lady of the Prairie delivers this wonderful author’s characteristic wit, layered with delicious dysfunction, poignancy, and heart.” Elinor Lipman, author of On Turpentine Lane
Our Lady of the Prairie is a tumultuous romp, both cautionary and liberating.” Julianna Baggott, author of Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders

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Author

Author Bio: Thisbe Nissen

Thisbe Nissen’s fiction has been published in the Iowa Review and the American Scholar, among others, and her nonfiction has appeared in Vogue, Glamour, and elsewhere. She teaches at Western Michigan University and lives in Battle Creek, Michigan, with her husband and their son.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 15.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English