From one of the most popular and acclaimed story writers of her generation, a single-volume short story.

"That the yellow house was thrillingly affordable might have been a warning sign if Eleanor had known how to read it. But she'd been desperate. She was sharing a room with her four-year-old daughter, Hattie, in her parents' house, and she had to get out."

From the award-winning novelist and short story writer Maile Meloy, Devotion: A Rat Story is an exquisitely unsettling tale about a young single mother whose new home becomes a kind of nightmare she must resolve on her own.

Eleanor is in such a rush to move away from her parents that she allows an imperious realtor to rush her to close on the too-good-to-be-true home without an inspection. Shortly after the house becomes legally hers - with every cent and all of her pride and future tied up in the property - the giant rats show themselves. In the yard, in the kitchen, on her daughter's bed. A walk around the block reveals a decrepit neighboring house where two elderly sisters are feeding and fostering thousands of unusual "pets". What has Eleanor done? What action can she possibly take now?

In Meloy's characteristically clean, assured style, she captures the hopes and horrors of domestic life with an element of suspense that drives the listener feverishly to the end.


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Hardback Editions

April 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Devotion: A Rat Story
Author(s): Maile Meloy
ISBN: 1-59463-459-9 / 978-1-59463-459-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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Audio Editions

April 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Devotion: A Rat Story
Author(s): Maile Meloy
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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April 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Devotion: A Rat Story
Author(s): Maile Meloy
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

April 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Devotion: A Rat Story
Author(s): Maile Meloy
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA