AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE opens with Katie Otto (Katy Mixon) bemoaning the departure of her neighbor, "Fat Pam," which leaves her, as she says, "the second-fattest housewife" in Westport, Connecticut. Surrounded by seemingly perfect neighbors with huge bank accounts and tiny figures, Katie and her husband, Greg (Diedrich Bader), rent a modest home in the town for the benefits of the excellent school district. Their kids -- Taylor (Meg Donnelly), Oliver (Daniel DiMaggio), and Anna-Kat (Julia Butters) -- all have their idiosyncrasies, but Katie's determined to raise them well, despite the whitewashed influence of Westport's "perfect" residents.
Ellis has a superb ability to build narrative from a singular voice, and in American Housewife these voices belong to compelling women who continually surprise the reader. They challenge what it means to be a good wife, a good housewife, and a good woman. Ellis credits her husband as the inspiration for all husbands in the collection who are good. But if any of their doormen disappear, he might want to check their freezer. 041b061a72