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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 Garman Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781440759949
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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!

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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.”

    Booklist

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 2/7/2014

    " Valerie Martin is a wonderful writer. Her novels are all different from each other; she never repeats herself. What does get repeated is her ability to create a very flawed narrator who sucks you into his life -- which can feel quite chillingly uncomfortable -- and this novel is no exception. She can also be wickedly funny at times and that's the case in this novel too. (Near the end of the book, the 'voice' felt a bit like a Paul Auster narrator to me, perhaps because of a sort of doubling theme that exists in the novel.) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paddy | 1/30/2014

    " Pretty pointless. I kept thinking the plot and characters would actually go somewhere so finished it but there was no point. Only the minor character Teddy, whose lover the others dislike, demonstrates any humanity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 1/21/2014

    " Scary honest in the treatment of artists tangled up with ego, creativity, self-discovery and paranoia. Excellent insights into the art of interpretation. I am making this sound too didactic: it is also a great read, and some of it is laugh-out-loud funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 1/9/2014

    " Good but not great. Did not like the ending at all! What was that?? I am not always good at reading between the lines. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 1/5/2014

    " I think the author did a great job of creating a very believable, flawed male narrator. This was a fascinating book and kept surprising me with actions that seemed to come from realistic character's and not a gratuitous author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vince Carter | 12/1/2013

    " Enjoyable and unusual story of theater life from the perspective of a male protagonist but written with the sensitivity of a woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte Rogan | 11/10/2013

    " Read for characterization and subtle suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Klr | 11/10/2013

    " I liked this very much. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Krysia | 10/11/2013

    " Having really liked Martin's Property (imho rivalled Kate Chopin), I was very disappointed in this novel. I expected more; this is a beach read filled with anachronisms. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francesca Tagliaferri | 6/21/2013

    " Very enjoyable and readable book. I got hooked from the very first pages! I liked the characters though I didn't like Guy that much.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 4/18/2013

    " Pretty interesting. I enjoyed learning about the actor's craft and the life of actors during the seventies in New York. Some interesting twists and turns in the plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deborah | 7/30/2012

    " This book centers around the story of Edward Day and two fellow actors Guy and Madeline. Mostly about the acting scene in NYC in the 70s. Unsatisfying ending. A shallow book about shallow people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 pjreads ♫ | 5/24/2012

    " It's hard to be grateful to Valerie Martin for so accurately capturing the voice and spirit of such an egressiously selfish narrator. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 4/15/2012

    " Vivid characters, wry humor, interesting story - all this and some really fascinating insights into the craft of acting. Very well written, lots of fun, highly recommend (especially to you theater geeks!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shari Wampler | 2/25/2012

    " Interesting book about the life of actors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mj Delekta | 9/22/2011

    " A peak into the life of an actor. Spoken in the male voice yet written by a woman. Interesting explorations of sexuality from the eyes of a man and the voice of a woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 8/19/2011

    " Highly captivating. Valerie Martin captures the readers by slowly revealing the secrets and motivation behind each character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 8/13/2011

    " Literary and entertaining, with memorable characters (particularly Day's nemesis). One of those books that would be 3 1/2 stars if we could give half stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shari | 4/17/2011

    " Interesting book about the life of actors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Jordan | 1/22/2011

    " A quick-moving, wonder-what's-going-to-happen-next story about Edward Day and his relationship with an oddball named Guy and Guy's wife (who is also Edward's lover). A good New York City book and an interesting book about actors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 1/2/2011

    " I think the author did a great job of creating a very believable, flawed male narrator. This was a fascinating book and kept surprising me with actions that seemed to come from realistic character's and not a gratuitous author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 9/30/2010

    " I loved this book about actors and the theater, the rise and fall of careers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 6/9/2010

    " Interesting setting--New York theater world in the 1970's "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joye | 2/10/2010

    " this was a remarkably well thought out book. Read it in one day & certainly wasn't planning on doing that. About an actor's life., thoughtful & entertaining. "

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About the Author

Valerie Martin, winner of the Orange Prize, is the author of numerous acclaimed adult novels, including Property and The Confessions of Edward Day. She lives in Millbrook, New York.

About the Narrator

Andrew Garman is a television, film, and voice actor. His acting credits include the film Julie & Julia and appearances the television series Law & Order, Mercy, and Conviction. Among his audiobook narrations are Arcadia by Lauren Groff, Simply from Scratch by Alicia Bessette, and Love Is a Canoe by Ben Schrank, among others.