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Book Review: Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet

One-sentence summary:

Anna has a baby, hears voices, and runs away from her lousy husband to an increasingly strange motel in Maine.


This summary doesn’t really encompass what Sweet Lamb of Heaven is all about, but to go deeper, I’d have to spoil it.

Sweet Lamb of Heaven has its share of flaws. Again, I’m frustrated by a character who seemingly waits for things to happen to her or for her, rather than doing things in the first place that could have saved herself from trouble.

It’s difficult to see why the motel guests do so much for her (other than proximity to the adorable kid) when the favors seem so one-sided. But, of course, she has the Very Special Person factor granting her instant access to this club of misfits.

The magic of the Very Special Person plot device is that we’re supposed to imagine ourselves there. We get to vicariously leave behind our every-day routines and imagine ourselves too as Very Special.

Forget gathering up the dirty socks for the wash, preparing a nutritious meal your family will complain about, or planning your next Netflix binge. There’s a world to be saved! And only your Very Important self can do it.

While this may sound like a tirade, it’s more a winking acknowledgement from the fun we as readers get to have.