About the book

A Lot of People Live in This House follows Rachel as she arrives at the house on the hill alone as Job attends a meditation retreat in India for two weeks to unpack his own grief. She’s greeted by housemates who smile, bring her cups of tea, and seem happy she’s there. She hates it. Not long
after, Job is trapped in India by a virus that’s grounded just about every plane in the world.

As she falls apart, her new housemates rally to find a way to get Job home. Everything Rachel thought she knew about living with others flies out the window and leaves only one remaining truth: Life can be a lot at once, but you don’t have to do it alone.


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Bailey Merlin

About the Author

Bailey Merlin is a talented writer with a rich background in fiction and media, medicine, and health. She holds an MFA in fiction from Butler University and an MS from Harvard Medical School, and her writing has been published in numerous literary magazines. In addition to her writing, Bailey has co-performed a spoken word short story album, Bug Eyes, with award-winning jazz guitarist Richie Smith. She is also the librettist of the opera !Dime! An Opera in Four Acts. Based in Boston, Bailey lives in an intentional community with a dynamic cast of humans, a toddler, a dog, a cat, and a friendly ghost. You can find her thought-provoking and creative work on baileymerlin.com

Additional Information


370 pages


Fiction; saga; friendship; belonging

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Book Reviews

“A Lot of People Live in This House challenges us to rethink what family means in these stormy times and offers hope that there are many ways to live a fulfilling life.”

Neal Baer, MD, Executive Producer of ER, Law & Order: SVU, and Designated Survivor

“A smashing debut novel about love in the time of COVID! A Lot of People Live in This House broke my heart and pieced it back together page by page, character by character.”

Mary Kay Zuravleff, author of Man Alive! and American Ending