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About the author
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EMILY ROBERSON is the author of LIFESTYLES OF GODS & MONSTERS (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October 2019). She is also the author of LIFE, MOTHERHOOD AND THE PURSUIT OF THE PERFECT HANDBAG, a novel for adults. She has always loved books, food, travel and fashion, and attempts to cram all those things into her books.
Emily has been a bookseller in Little Rock, a newspaper reporter in Vicksburg, a marketing manager in Boston, and a writer in Chapel Hill and Dallas. She graduated from Brown University and has a master’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She now lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her husband, three sons and no pets.
LIFESTYLES OF GODS AND MONSTERS
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
FSG Books for Young Readers
Greek mythology meets the Kardashians in Emily Roberson's Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters, a fresh, fast-paced debut young adult novel about celebrity culture, family dynamics, and finding love amidst it all.
Sixteen-year-old Ariadne’s whole life is curated and shared with the world. Her royal family’s entertainment empire is beloved by the tabloids, all over social media, and the hottest thing on television. The biggest moneymaker? The Labyrinth Contest, a TV extravaganza in which Ariadne leads fourteen teens into a maze to kill a monster. To win means endless glory; to lose means death. In ten seasons, no one has ever won.
When the gorgeous, mysterious Theseus arrives at the competition and asks Ariadne to help him to victory, she doesn’t expect to fall for him. He might be acting interested in her just to boost ratings. Their chemistry is undeniable, though, and she can help him survive. If he wins, the contest would end for good. But if she helps him, she doesn’t just endanger her family’s empire—the monster would have to die. And for Ariadne, his life might be the only one worth saving.
Ariadne’s every move is watched by the public and predestined by the gods, so how can she find a way to forge her own destiny and save the people she loves?
LIFE, MOTHERHOOD & THE PURSUIT OF THE PERFECT HANDBAG
Everything is going wrong for handbag designer Tess Holland: her friendly little company has been acquired by a multi-national; her medical resident husband wants to go save lives in Africa; and her best jacket is smeared with baby poop. Suddenly Tess – once the epitome of “work-life balance” with her two cute kids, glamorous job, understanding boss and handsome husband – is struggling to save her career, her marriage, and her flexible schedule.
Tess’ story is a laugh-out-loud funny look at the trials and joys of working parenthood and a great read for anyone (with children or not) who can’t quite figure out how to meet expectations at work and in her personal life while keeping space for her own ambitions and dreams.