Friday, August 26, 2022

Shelf Control: Embassy Wife, by Katie Crouch

Shelf Control is a feature where bloggers pick an unread book from our shelves and talk about it a little. It's supposed to be a Wednesday thing but I have French Movie Mercredi on Wednesdays already, so. Shelf Control is hosted at

This week's pick is Embassy Wife, by Katie Crouch. From the flap:

Meet Persephone Wilder, a displaced genius posing as the wife of an American diplomat in Namibia. Persephone takes her job as a representative of her country seriously, coming up with an intricate set of rules to survive the problems she encounters: how to dress in hundred-degree weather without showing too much skin, how to not look drunk at embassy functions, and how to eat roasted oryx with grace. She also suspects her husband is not actually the ambassador's legal counsel but a secret agent in the CIA. The consummate embassy wife, she takes the newest trailing spouse, Amanda Evans, under her wing...Propulsive and provocative, Embassy Wife asks what it means to be a human in this world, even as it helps us laugh in the face of our own absurd, seemingly impossible state of affairs.
embassy wife book cover

How and when I got it:

I bought it in hardcover in September 2021 at Little City Books in Hoboken.

Why I Want to Read It:

It just seems kind of fun? I think it came recommended from Joanna Rakoff's Instagram. I could be wrong about that. But it was a recommendation from someone and it just sounded like a fun and possibly semi-deep read about womens' lives which is what I love.

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