First Lines Friday- 30 July 2021

First Lines Friday is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

This week’s First Lines Friday book is a 2021 debut released last week!

First Lines


“When she had referred to herself as Nightbitch, she meant it as a good-natured self-deprecating joke—because that’s the sort of lady she was, a good sport, able to poke fun at herself, definitely not uptight, not wound really tight, not so freakishly tight that she couldn’t see the humor in a lighthearted not-meant-as-an-insult situation—but in the days following this new naming, she found the patch of coarse black hair sprouting from the base of her neck and was, like, What the fuck.”


And the book is…….

Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder!

Cover of Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder
Cover of Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder

Synopsis: One day, the mother was a mother, but then one night, she was quite suddenly something else…An ambitious mother puts her art career on hold to stay at home with her newborn son, but the experience does not match her imagination. Two years later, she steps into the bathroom for a break from her toddler’s demands, only to discover a dense patch of hair on the back of her neck. In the mirror, her canines suddenly look sharper than she remembers. Her husband, who travels for work five days a week, casually dismisses her fears from faraway hotel rooms. As the mother’s symptoms intensify, and her temptation to give into her new dog impulses peak, she struggles to keep her alter-canine-identity secret. Seeking a cure at the library, she discovers the mysterious academic tome which becomes her bible, “A Field Guide to Magical Women: A Mythical Ethnography,” and meets a group of mommies involved in a multi-level-marketing scheme who may also be more than what they seem. An outrageously original novel of ideas about art, power and womanhood wrapped in a satirical fairy tale, Nightbitch will make you want to howl in laughter and recognition. And you should. You should howl as much as you want.

My sister-in-law texted me out of the blue with “Have you heard of Nightbitch?!” The name along peaked my interest! A new mom, turning into a dog? MLM moms with a secret? How could I not be excited to read a book that has been described as a “deconstruction of the social script women and mothers are taught to follow”? Check it out here if you haven’t already!

Is Nightbitch on your TBR? Or have you already devoured it? Let me know in the comments!

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