This novel follows a group of children and their families on summer vacation at a lakeside mansion. The teenage narrator Eve and the other children are contemptuous of their parents, who spend the days and nights in drunken stupor. This tension heightens when a great storm arrives and throws the house and its residents into chaos. Named for a picture Bible given to Eve's little brother Jack, the book is loosely structured around events and characters that often appear in collections of Bible stories intended for young readers. These narrative touchstones are embedded in a backdrop of environmental and psychological distress as the children reject the parents for their emotional and moral failures -- in part as normal teenagers must, and in part for their generation's passivity and denial in the face of cataclysmic change. In this novel, Millet offers brilliant commentary on the environment and human weakness and a vision of what awaits us on the other side of Revelations.
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New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.,