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Author: Judith Frank Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2014 ISBN: 9780062358493
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Told with the storytelling power and emotional fidelity of Wally Lamb, this is a searing drama of a modern American family on the brink of dissolution, one that explores adoption, gay marriage, and love lost and found.

For years, Matthew Greene and Daniel Rosen have enjoyed a quiet domestic life together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Opposites in many ways, they have grown together and made their relationship work. But when they learn that Daniel’s twin brother and sister-in-law have been killed in a bombing in Jerusalem, their lives are suddenly, utterly transformed.

In dealing with their families and the need to make a decision about who will raise the deceased couple’s two children, both Matthew and Daniel are confronted with challenges that strike at the very heart of their relationship. What is Matthew’s place in an extended family that does not completely accept him or the commitment he and Daniel have made? How do Daniel’s questions about his identity as a Jewish man affect his life as a gay American? Tensions only intensify when they learn that the deceased parents wanted Matthew and Daniel to adopt the children—six-year-old Gal, and baby Noam.

The impact this instant new family has on Matthew, Daniel, and their relationship is subtle and heartbreaking, yet not without glimmers of hope. They must learn to reinvent and redefine their bond in profound, sometimes painful ways. What kind of parents can these two men really be? How does a family become strong enough to stay together and endure? And are there limits to honesty or commitment—or love? 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A tender novel that deals with the emotional riptides left by an act of terrorism long after the headlines have faded. It is a brave, moving, and deeply compelling book, written with grace, about the ways even love and family devotion are challenged when the worst occurs.”

    Scott Turow, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “What a refreshing, impressive novel. That Judith Frank has managed to weave a story about queer partnership and parenting together with an exploration of the moral complexities of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is rather stunning. This tender, intricate domestic drama both engages and informs what is arguably one of the critical issues of our time. It feels quite revolutionary, not just in the political sense, but in terms of the kind of stories we value.”

    Alison Bechdel, New York Times bestselling author of Are You My Mother?

  • “A tender love story between two flawed, good-hearted people…Frank not only explores the complexities of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict but also presents the difficulties gay partners face in navigating the court system. Above all, though, this is a compassionate, utterly compelling story of how family members, torn apart by tragedy, must reach deep within themselves to meet their greatest challenge.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Frank chronicles the difficult adjustments of a gay family formed by tragedy…Strong storytelling driven by emotionally complex characters.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “In Frank’s deeply moving second novel, Matt Greene and Daniel Rosen, a couple in Northampton, Mass., cope with the deaths of Daniel’s twin brother and his wife—Israeli citizens who are killed in a terrorist bombing in Jerusalem…Frank shows a profound empathy for her characters, making this book heartbreaking, yet jubilantly hopeful.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A thoughtful look at how grief isolates survivors and how families may, or may not, come together in crisis.”

    Library Journal

  • “I loved it! Read it nonstop. These people catch you by the heart so powerfully you can hardly believe it is a novel. I’ve already had to loan it to a friend.”

    Dorothy Allison, award-winning author of Bastard out of Carolina

  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014

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About the Author

Judith Frank is a professor of English at Amherst College. She received a PhD in English literature and an MFA in creative writing from Cornell. She was the recipient of an NEA grant and has held residencies at Yaddo and MacDowell. Frank is the author of Crybaby Butch, a novel that Claire Messud called “searing and memorable.” She lives in Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Peter Berkrot, winner of Audie and Earphones Awards for narration, is a stage, screen, and television actor and acting coach. He has narrated over three hundred works that span a range of genres, including fiction, nonfiction, thriller, and children’s titles. His audiobook credits include works of Alan Glynn, Eric Van Lustbader, Nora Roberts and Dean Koontz. In film and television, he appeared in Caddyshack, America’s Most Wanted, and Unsolved Mysteries. He performs in regional and New York theaters and directs the New Voices acting school.