Burning Down the House - Jane Mendelsohn

Jane Mendelsohn’s trademark lyrical, eloquent voice shines in her newest novel, Burning Down the House. A modern-day Greek tragedy, the book centers around Neva, named for the Neva River, which runs through northwestern Russia. We begin with child Neva, unknowingly sent by her parents into the sex slave trade, and we follow her journey from captivity, to escape, resurrection and then employment as a nanny in a New York real-estate mogul’s household. The family has a crumbling infrastructure held together only by its patriarch, Steve, who is only later in life recognizes the rot of hubris money without values attached begets. His children, all over largely varying ages, represent each phase of this great family’s self-ruination and destruction of the House of Steve. No gods exist in this world to keep mortals in check but Neva is the moral center, the Chorus and the river, steady, that runs ever on. It is a brilliant book, filled with the horrors people do to each other but that also exemplifies the most uplifting parts of the human spirit: endurance, healing and hope.

Burning Down the House: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) By Jane Mendelsohn Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101911198
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage - February 21st, 2017