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Devotion: A Rat Story by Maile Meloy

By Maile Meloy

Hailed through The New Yorker as “a clever and astounding conjurer of convincing realities,” Maile Meloy is certainly one of our country’s so much celebrated brief tale writers. In her scalp-prickling Devotion: A Rat Story, she exhibits how simply a daily reality—a younger woman’s fight for an self reliant life—can turn into a nightmare, toothy monsters included.

It’s challenging being twenty-something in the US, with the financial system down and jobs scarce, in particular if you’re additionally a unmarried mom. An paintings tuition graduate with a four-year-old daughter, Eleanor is desirous to circulation out of her parents’ condominium ultimately. whilst a tiny yellow bungalow comes out there, with a backyard and a tree for mountain climbing, it kind of feels excellent for the 2 of them, and mysteriously reasonable. no longer till Eleanor enters the home to unpack does she detect she has made a terrible—and terrifying—mistake.

Eleanor hadn’t met the next-door friends, and didn’t understand what lived there with them—seething during the condo, multiplying day-by-day, fats and hungry and spreading out into the local. whilst Eleanor attempts to confront the onslaught, she is informed that those “pets” are usually not those intruding—she is.

An engrossing, exquisitely unsettling story from an American literary treasure, Devotion: A Rat Story will depart you suspicious of your acquaintances and afraid of what’s lurking on your yard, on your dwelling room—or even on your personal head.

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