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Author: Susan Meissner Narrator: Abigail Revasch, Cassandra Morris, Jorjeana Marie, Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Length: Release Date: February 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780525531081

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From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and A Bridge Across the Ocean comes a new novel set in Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which tells the story of a family reborn through loss and love.

When her infant son dies, Pauline Bright no longer sees any reason to resist her husband's chance to inherit his uncle's prosperous business in Philadelphia. The Brights are poor tobacco farmers in the South, and their three remaining children--Evie, Maggie, and Willa--will have a better life in the city. The fact that the uncle is a mortician no longer seems to matter to Pauline.

But the Brights arrive in Philadelphia just months before the city is engulfed by the Spanish flu. More people die in Philadelphia than in any other American city, and the Brights are all forever changed by their encounter with it. Youngest Willa will grow up to be a child of the Jazz Age, constantly seeking pleasure in her refusal to recognize any more pain. Eldest Evie will become a doctor, not of the body, but one of the new doctors for the mind, in her quest to understand how one can survive such tragedies. But it is the middle child, Maggie, who follows in her mother's footsteps, and discovers that it is by embracing death that she can not only survive but also seize life.

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  • “Traces of Little Women in the trials and fortitude of the Bright women. An affirmation of the power of love and duty.”

    - Helen Simonson, New York Times bestselling author
  • “A story of one family’s heartbreak and hope. Strong [and] resilient, Meissner’s characters step off the page and into history.”

    - Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author
  • Told through alternating perspectives…Each of the women in this family confronts death differently…When Maggie makes an impulsive choice at a crucial moment of the pandemic, her family’s life is forever altered. The reckoning of her choice unfolds in the second half of the novel and ultimately brings the story full circle.”

    - Library Journal (starred review)


  • A February LibraryReads Pick

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About the Author

Susan Meissner is a former managing editor of a weekly newspaper and an award-winning columnist. She has published over a dozen novels, including A Fall of Marigolds, The Shape of Mercy, Lady in Waiting, and A Sound among the Trees. She majored in education at Point Loma College in San Diego.

About the Narrators

Abigail Revasch is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and an actress. She has starred in television shows such as 7th Heaven and ER and has narrated numerous video games and commercials, as well as audiobooks. She holds a BA in theater arts from Northwestern University.

Cassandra Morris has received critical acclaim for her voice-over work from Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine, earning a dozen Earphones Awards and twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her voice has also been heard on television in commercial campaigns and numerous Nickelodeon and Disney products. She is the voice of many cartoon characters, including Leo and Luna in Yu-Gi-Oh, Carrie in Barbie: A Fairy Secret, Nathan in Pokémon, and Lola in Angelo Rules.

Jorjeana Marie has worked extensively as an actress, comedian, writer, and audiobook narrator. Her narrations have earned her several Earphones Awards. She has performed in hundreds of commercials and starred in the pilot Listen to Grandpa, Andy Ling with Elliott Gould. She is a stand-up comic who has opened for Richard Lewis, Louie Anderson, and Kathleen Madigan. Her video game credits include Final Fantasy, Crackdown 2, and Star Guardians. She loves reading so much it gets her into trouble.

Tavia Gilbert is an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry. Named the 2018 Voice of Choice by Booklist magazine, she is also winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She has earned numerous Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. has named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir. In addition to voice acting, she is an accomplished producer, singer, and theater actor. She is also a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral.