Playing House: A Novel

Fredrica Wagman

Steerforth Press,  May 2008

When Playing House appeared in 1973, Publishers Weekly hailed it, "A probing descent into madness that will fascinate the same audience that appreciated I Never Promised You a Rose Garden." This nationally bestselling story of one woman’s struggle with the lasting effects of a childhood sexual relationship with her brother shocked American readers; it remains a literary work of enduring quality and value. In his foreword Philip Roth writes, "The traumatized child; the institutionalized wife; the haunting desire; the ghastly business of getting through the day -- what is striking about Wagman's treatment of these contemporary motifs is the voice of longing in which the heroine shamelessly confesses to the incestuous need that is at once her undoing and her only hope."

paperback | ISBN: 9781581952254 | Publication Date: May 2008

" A haunting tale."
--The Los Angeles Times

"Jarring, shocking, brilliantly written, and surprisingly funny."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer

"A kind of unsparing honesty that makes you shiver but also stop to admire."
--The Washington Post

"The story is passionate and moving, the style flowing and lyrical."
--Minneapolis Tribune

"A dense, rich novel."
--The Pittsburgh Press

"Candid and courageous."
--The El Paso Times

"From the powerfully evocative opening sentences, through the conclusion, the reader is irrevocably drawn into the book."
--The Lincoln Star