Lullabies and Alibis by Stephanie Lewis is a fun read by the author of the hilarious “Once Upon Your Prime” column. Lewis’ columns are generally clever, light hearted, and silly. This book, by contrast, is full of death and delusion, insecurity and heartbreak. But it is a fun read – I promise.
We meet Nordis Spect as she is about to give birth to her much wanted baby girl. Nordis loves her sons, but longs for a daughter in a way that seems almost clinically diagnosable. When the baby is born a boy, Nordis, in a nutshell, loses her mind and runs away to a fantasy land. Unfortunately, people around her are dying, which makes Nordis run further and more furiously.
Will Nordis find herself? Her mind? Will she accept herself and her son for what they are? Will Nordis’ annoyingly patient husband forgive her and understand her? And what about the handsome newly grieving widower? For that matter, who killed all these people? And why is Nordis’ mother bothering a pregnant teenager?
It’s hard to discuss the plot without spoilers. The plot stretches the boundaries of believability at points, but hey – that’s what fiction is for, right? And Lewis’ style is readable and entertaining. Plus, watching Nordis make one terrible decision after another is like watching a train wreck – it’s hard to look away, and it’s hard to quit rooting for her.
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