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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (326 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Valerie Martin Narrator: Andrew Garma Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The winner of many prestigious literary prizes—including the Orange—Valerie Martin also penned the modern classic Mary Reilly. Here she re-creates the vibrant world of 1970s theater in New York City to craft the tale of Edward Day, an ambitious young actor whose life changes at a bawdy party on the Jersey shore. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A triumph of her unique art…Martin writes with amplitude, precision, grace, and wit…It’s a bravura performance.”

    Margaret Atwood, Man Booker Prize–winning author of The Blind Assassin

  • “A self-contained gem…I couldn’t help marveling at Martin’s ability not to make a mistake—to make me feel absolutely present at those sometimes quite dramatic scenes, and yet to keep all those thematic balls in the air, to juggle her motifs ever so gracefully, to honor the mysteriousness of her subject, but make those mysteries crystal clear…Valerie Martin is one of the best novelists we have.”

    Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Thousand Acres

  • “Martin builds an ominous tension almost Hitchcockian in its trenchant and perverse knowledge about the human animal…In a Martin universe, you know you’re going to get hit and you know you can’t possibly see from which angle the blow will come, but the novelist makes it dark fun to guess.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Chilling…Edward is [Martin’s] most brilliant feat of literary ventriloquism to date…It’s a testament to Martin’s skill and empathy (a quality Edward entirely lacks) that we don’t despise her blinkered protagonist but feel sorry for him, as you would for anyone with an incurable condition.”

    Washington Post

  • “Subtle but intense…The intimacy of Edward’s narrative voice is one of the novel’s most startling achievements. We gradually cease to like our main character, yet we stagger after him, captivated. Martin’s symbolic substructure—layer of repetition and mirroring—is so skillfully embedded in her story that we feel its effects without realizing it, like an understated but persuasive musical score.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A taut and psychologically penetrating drama, played out against a vivid backdrop of the New York theater world of the 1970s.”


  • One of the 2009 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

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

    " Eminently readable. Great story, characters and excellent language. Enjoyed it as much as Martin's Mary Reilly. Read it in three readings. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lori (Hellian) | 2/14/2014

    " Eh. Much ado about nothing. I ended up skimming and the ending was also quite disappointing. I was excited to read this, since I was in the theater scene around this time, but I was frankly bored, and would have even been more bored if I hadn't known this world since it is very thesbian. What made it worse is that the woman who both the main character and his nemesis were in love with and fighter over wasn't worth it IMO. I felt no real sympathy for her, what with her so easily sleeping with both of them without any moral compunction at all, and she certainly wasn't blind to their enmity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy | 2/13/2014

    " Reminded me of what my sister/friend Janalee told me about her 5 year stint in LA trying to make as an actress: The only people who get anywhere in Hollywood/New York are those that have slept with everyone else, male or female. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Adina | 2/10/2014

    " an easy/creepy read about an interesting group of actors in new york in the 70's. it made me think about acting (not for myself), but more as an abstract art form. "

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