Devotion: A Novel

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Twenty-six-year-old Ella can’t quite manage adulting. Adrift in New York City, she often looks for men to buy her drinks and meals, sleeping with them as payment. She is as far away from Manhattan luxury as it’s possible to be. When she scores a job as a nanny, however, she finds herself on the other side–swaddled in the lush comfort of Lonnie and James’s brownstone, surrounded by ease and plenty. She likes the baby well enough, but the true focus of her attention is Lonnie herself. Like Ella, Lonnie is twenty-six; unlike Ella, Lonnie has acquired success and status. She’s beautiful, too. Ella’s fixation begins as admiration, morphs quickly into envy, and then veers into an obsession. Ella wants what Lonnie has–men, trinkets, accolades. Ella wants Lonnie herself, too, and Lonnie seems game for the intense friendship Ella seeks. But there just may be a limit to what Lonnie is willing to give.

From the second page of the prologue we know Lonnie ultimately disappears, and the bulk of the novel details Ella’s involvement with Lonnie and James, and the events that may have contributed to Lonnie’s flight. Ella is an unabashedly unreliable narrator, and the people around her are just as ambiguously truthful. But who, exactly, is most at fault for Lonnie’s unhappiness is beside the point. Devotion adheres to a sliding scale of morality, leading readers deep into territory where there are no real villains or victims, only shameless commitment to delusion, obfuscation, lust, and greed.

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Author Madeline Stevens
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 304 pages
Publisher Ecco
Publish Date 2019-08-13
ISBN 9780062883223
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Issue August 2019
Category Popular Fiction


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