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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,439 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth McCracken Narrator: Elizabeth McCracken Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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"This is the happiest story in the world with the saddest ending," writes Elizabeth McCracken in her powerful, inspiring memoir. A prize-winning, successful novelist in her 30s, McCracken was happy to be an itinerant writer and self-proclaimed spinster. But suddenly she fell in love, got married, and two years ago was living in a remote part of France, working on her novel, and waiting for the birth of her first child.
This audiobook is about what happened next. In her ninth month of pregnancy, she learned that her baby boy had died. How do you deal with and recover from this kind of loss? Of course you don't-but you go on. And if you have ever experienced loss or love someone who has, you will hope to go on with the help and company of this remarkable audiobook.
With humor and heart and unfailing generosity, McCracken considers the nature of love, and grief. She opens her heart and leaves all of ours the richer for it. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, Elizabeth McCracken does not howl out her loss. She is devastatingly calm and in this matches measure for measure her own fine writing. By the end of this memoir you will have held a beautiful child in your hands and you will have acknowledged him. This book is an extraordinary gift to us all.”

    Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones and The Almost Moon

  • “There can be few grimmer topics for a book than a stillborn baby, but…it’s the funniest book about a dead baby that you will ever read…It is, as McCracken writes, ‘a story so grim and lessonless it’s better not to think about at all.’ But reading it is a mysteriously enlarging experience. It could pair neatly with Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking: it’s hard to imagine two more rigorous, unsentimental guides to enduring the very bottom of the scale of human emotion.”

    Lev Grossman, Time

  • “A gorgeously loving and frank account.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “[McCracken’s] memoir is in fact characterised by moving brevity, its chronology looping back and forth with dreamlike—or rather, nightmarish—elasticity as she details the ordeal of Pudding’s delivery…Without overburdening her second, living baby boy—a kicking marvel with a lusty cry—McCracken manages to keep Pudding in her heart. She manages, also, the equally complex task of delivering a grief memoir that fuses the immediacy readers crave from the genre with all the reflective, consoling depth of fiction.”

    Observer (London)

  • “McCracken’s reading is enthralling and deeply moving, as if she is relating this intimate journey directly to each listener individually from a dark, candle-lit room, in an unforgettable performance.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “Stunning…McCracken has succeeded in writing a beautiful, precise and heartbreaking account without sentimentality or pity.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Elizabeth McCracken’s poignant story of love and loss, written as a tribute to the lost child and as a catharsis for her and her husband, evokes with its simultaneously tender prose and dark sense of humor the hopes and grief of a couple that has suffered the unthinkable. McCracken narrates her own story with a sort of quiet resolve, emotions not on full display in her voice but at the same time easily discernible just beneath a thin veneer of composure. Listeners will feel the mixture of joy and sadness in her understated performance.”

    AudioFile

  • One of the 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allie | 2/18/2014

    " This was a very good book - well-written and absorbing. It was a quick read too - I got through it in one day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stephanie | 2/6/2014

    " Grief. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Heather | 1/29/2014

    " Everyone who is a parent should read this book. Everyone who has lost a child, known someone who has lost a child, or known someone who has lost any loved one should read this book. It's powerfully (but NOT painfully) raw and honest. It also gave me great insight into how I can be a friend to my friends who have experienced great loss. This is one of the best books I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nimmi | 1/20/2014

    " for anyone who has ever lost a child... "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth McCracken

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of The Giant’s House, which was nominated for the National Book Award; Niagara Falls All Over Again, winner of the PEN/Winship Award; and Here's Your Hat What’s Your Hurry, a collection of stories. She earned her BA and MA from Boston University, an MFA from the University of Iowa, and an MS in library science from Drexel University. McCracken has received grants and awards from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Academy in Berlin. She is married to the playwright, novelist, and artist, Edward Carey.