Ashley Winstead: The Last Housewife

Event graphic of Ashley Winstead next to an image of the cover of The Last Housewife
Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 7:00pm
603 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
The Last Housewife: A Novel By Ashley Winstead Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728229911
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - August 16th, 2022

Join us in celebrating Ashley Winstead’s new book The Last Housewife! She will be in conversation with Amy Gentry. The event will include a moderated discussion, an audience Q&A, and a signing line. 

  • This event is free and open to the public.
    • Start time: 7 P.M.
    • Run time: 45-60 minutes, followed by a signing line.
    • Location: Second floor of BookPeople.
  • The author will be signing and personalizing copies of their book after the speaking portion of the event.
    • To get a book signed, a copy of the event book or an item of equal value must be purchased from BookPeople. 
  • Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • There will not be a live stream or recording available.
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From the author of the acclaimed In My Dreams I Hold a Knife comes a pitch-black thriller about a woman determined to destroy a powerful cult and avenge the deaths of the women taken in by it, no matter the cost.

While in college in upstate New York, Shay Evans and her best friends met a captivating man who seduced them with a web of lies about the way the world works, bringing them under his thrall. By senior year, Shay and her friend Laurel were the only ones who managed to escape. Now, eight years later, Shay's built a new life in a tiny Texas suburb. But when she hears the horrifying news of Laurel's death―delivered, of all ways, by her favorite true-crime podcast crusader―she begins to suspect that the past she thought she buried is still very much alive, and the predators more dangerous than ever.

Recruiting the help of the podcast host, Shay goes back to the place she vowed never to return to in search of answers. As she follows the threads of her friend's life, she's pulled into a dark, seductive world, where wealth and privilege shield brutal philosophies that feel all too familiar. When Shay's obsession with uncovering the truth becomes so consuming she can no longer separate her desire for justice from darker desires newly reawakened, she must confront the depths of her own complicity and conditioning. But in a world built for men to rule it―both inside the cult and outside of it―is justice even possible, and if so, how far will Shay go to get it?


Ashley Winstead is an academic turned novelist with a Ph.D. in contemporary American literature. She lives in Houston with her husband, two cats, and beloved wine fridge. She is the author of the thrillers In My Dreams I Hold a Knife and The Last Housewife, as well as the romance Fool Me Once. You can find her at


Amy Gentry is the author of the bestselling thriller Good as Gone, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, Last Woman Standing, and Bad Habits. She has also written a nonfiction book of music criticism called Tori Amos’s Boys for Pele. Her essays and criticism have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Austin Chronicle, Paris Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Texas Observer, CrimeReads, Guardian,, and many more outlets. She holds a PhD in English and lives in Austin, Texas.

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