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The BuzzFeed Book Club has its pick for August: Wayward by Dana Spiotta, a story about female desire, the societal roles women are forced into, and what liberation from those expectations could look like.
Dana Spiotta’s latest novel opens on a familiar scene: A middle-aged woman wakes up one morning, scrolls through real estate listings, and decides to check out a particularly appealing open house. She falls in love with the beautiful, rundown home and impulsively buys it, leaving her husband and daughter behind. Her life changes completely, but she’s liberated by her ability to upend it. This is a story about female desire and fulfillment, a woman realizing she’s fallen into roles she resents (“bored housewife,” “stay-at-home mom” — the latter, she notes, makes it sound like she’s under house arrest) and giving in to the impulse to abandon them. Spiotta glides through her journey with sparkling prose, delving into the contradictions and complexities of being an aging woman — and raising a daughter who will one day do the same — in today’s America.
To celebrate, we're collaborating with publisher Knopf Books to give away 10 signed copies of the book and five audiobook codes to some lucky winners.
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