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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (228 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice McDermott Narrator: Tavia Gilbert, Maggie Hoffman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781427222794
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The New York Times Bestselling Author of After This and Charming Billy

Elizabeth Connelly, editor at a New York vanity press, sells the dream of publication (admittedly, to writers of questionable talent). Stories of true emotional depth rarely cross her desk. But when a young writer named Tupper Daniels walks in, bearing an unfinished novel, Elizabeth is drawn to both the novelist and his story—a lyrical tale about a man in love with more than one woman at once. Tupper's manuscript unlocks memories of her own secretive father, who himself may have been a bigamist. As Elizabeth and Tupper search for the perfect dénouement, their affair, too, approaches a most unexpected and poignant coda.
A brilliant debut from one of our most celebrated authors, A Bigamist's Daughter is "a wise, sad, witty novel about men and women, God, hope, love, illusion, and fiction itself" (Newsweek).

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tavia Gilbert vividly narrates Elizabeth's quest for understanding of her past and her present…Gilbert conveys Elizabeh's long-hidden pain and highlights McDermott's message about relationships between men and women. AudioFile Magazine

  • Impressive…A fascinatingly prismatic story. Anne Tyler, The New York Times Book Review
  • One of our finest novelists at work today. Los Angeles Times
  • There's no one like Alice McDermott…her touch is light as a feather, her perceptions purely accurate. Elle
  • Beautifully written. The Washington Post
  • A masterly and admirable first novel...A Bigamist's Daughter sparkles with crisp language and fine, precise writing….A richly detailed story. The Kansas City Star
  • McDermott is an enormously skilled and assured writer who transforms the ordinary into something magical. The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/12/2014

    " The mian character is "executive editor" at a vanity publisher. She is also the daughter of a marriage that not exclusive on her father's part. What's real, what purpose to our delusions serve? Not McDermott's best (i loved "Charming Billy" and enjoyed "Child of My Heart"), but worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 1/2/2014

    " Great read, McDermott is brilliant and it's fun finding her little easter eggs all over the book. Don't make this mistake of thinking this is an easy read - it's not meant to be. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Royce Houthuijzen | 12/31/2013

    " I liked this book the least of all her books. All the others were really good!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alexis | 12/25/2013

    " I didn't finish this book. It was one of her early ones and as a writer, McDermott just gets better and better. I didn't think this was nearly as good as "Child of my Heart" or "After This" both of which have fuller characters and more inventive use of language. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie Martens | 12/21/2013

    " Why so boring? It's like the story just fizzled out along the way. Blah. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 amber | 12/13/2013

    " Man this book was hard to follow... I think there might've been an awesome story in there somewhere...if only I could've found it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzie | 12/13/2013

    " YUCK! Why oh why do I keep reading a book that I don't like. I read this book during my lunch hour at work & felt like I was crawling out of my skin. I couldn't wait to finish it. Next time I don't like a book, I hope someone pulls it out of my hands before I waste my time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathann403 | 12/6/2013

    " Vanity publisher's editor meets author with a story that matches her life. Go figure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 8/26/2013

    " Eh. I didn't hate this book, but I didn't really like it either. It certainly wasn't the writing style that didn't hold my interest...I just couldn't ever really get into the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 5/19/2013

    " The plot seemed contrived. Did not get the MO of the main character -- "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brielle | 4/11/2013

    " Pretty weird. And not that good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Samira | 11/27/2012

    " Okay, I hated this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharron | 10/20/2012

    " She really can write but I must admit that I preferred Charming Billy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joyce | 10/10/2012

    " Read half; odd story. Couldn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa White | 8/7/2012

    " Hmmm... It was good but definitely not the author's best. It was one of her early works though... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dani | 6/18/2012

    " Alice McDermott's books all have the same sense of emptiness running throughout. The main character in this one is missing something/a lot of things in her life, and she doesn't really find it in the book. I wish she'd learned a little more about her father. "

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About the Author
Author Alice McDermott

Alice McDermott is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including A Bigamist’s DaughterChild of My Heart, That Night, and Charming Billy, winner of the 1998 National Book Award. She has taught at the University of California at San Diego and American University, has been a writer-in-residence at Lynchburg and Hollins Colleges in Virginia, and was lecturer in English at the University of New Hampshire. Her short stories have appeared in Ms.RedbookMademoiselle, and Seventeen. The recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, McDermott is currently writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and she lives with her family in Washington, DC.

About the Narrators

Tavia Gilbert, an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry, is an Audie Award nominee and the recipient of numerous Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. With frequent inclusion on best of year and annual top ten lists, she is a trusted and increasingly sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children’s and YA, to literary fiction, nonfiction, and genre fiction. Audible has named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir, and Library Journal said of her, “as close as you can get to a full-cast narration with a solo voice.” She is a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral, with fiction and nonfiction focusing on relationships, love, and identity.

Maggie Hoffman is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator.