Back to site


Embassy Wife

Katie Crouch

SIGNED (bookplate)

Release Date: July 13, 2021

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, hb., 368 pp.

About the author:
Charleston native Katie Crouch is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Girls in Trucks, Men and Dogs and Abroad. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Slate, and Salon. A MacDowell Fellow, she teaches at Dartmouth College and lives in Vermont.

About the book:
Persephone Wilder is a displaced genius posing as the wife of an American diplomat in Namibia. She takes her job as a representative of her country seriously, and comes up with an intricate set of rules to survive such problems as: how to dress in hundred-degree weather without showing too much skin, how not to look drunk at embassy functions, and how to eat roasted oryx with grace. She also suspects her husband is not actually the ambassador’s general counsel, but a secret agent in the CIA. Ever the embassy wife, she takes Amanda Evans, under her wing.

Amanda Evans has just arrived in Namibia, mere weeks after giving up her Silicon Valley job, as her husband, Mark, has accepted a Fulbright. But once they arrive in the sub-Saharan desert, it becomes clear that Mark, who lived in Namibia two decades earlier, had other reasons for returning. Their marriage, which seemed solid in the safety of home, feels tenuous in the glaring heat of the Kalahari. When Amanda’s daughter becomes involved an international conflict, lines are drawn in the sand.

Books will ship USPS Media Mail