a Publishers Weekly BEST BOOK of 2015
“Dread stalks every page, and the result is unsettling, scary, and often brilliant. For readers looking for a sharp, twisted narrative, this is a keeper.” — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
CALF is a fictionalized account of two converging events: John Hinckley Jr.’s attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan, and Leslie deVeau’s murder of her ten-year-old daughter, a childhood friend of author Andrea Kleine. Both events took place in Washington, DC in the early 1980s. Part Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and part Taxi Driver, this creepy, unsettling, and absolutely addictive novel is at once a penetrating character study and a meditation on the zeitgeist of the '80s.