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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,104 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stewart O’Nan Narrator: Andrea Gallo Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781461804147
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The author of numerous novels, Stewart O'Nan has been lauded with critical acclaim and best-seller status on his way to consideration as one of America's most gifted novelists. Emily, Alone, a sequel to Wish You Were Here, revolves around widow and grandmother Emily Maxwell, whose ordered life is jarred when her sister-in-law suffers a stroke. But even amid the conflicting emotions of a changing world, Emily proves resilient and vows to move forward with the grace and dignity with which she has lived her life. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 2/9/2014

    " What I'm most blown away from Stewart O'nan in this follow-up to "Wish You Were Here" is his obvious love and care of his characters. Love not as in an oblique adoration but love that is active, encompassing, and whole in it's view and devotion. If you need plot in your books steer clear of this as it is a snapshot and chronicle of a life where very little happens. Exactly the kind of life that most of us live but that is very rarely examined or given a voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 1/23/2014

    " A reflection on life through the eyes of a 70ish widow. She tries to make sense of life and death and the process of aging and what really matters most. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 1/13/2014

    " Nice Pittsburgh connection. I wonder if I will become Emily-like as I approach old-er age! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannie Turicik | 1/9/2014

    " I immediately purchased this book after reading "Wish You Were Here". It's about a regular American family--grown children now in their 40's, early 50's, Dad passed away in the first book "Wish You Were Here", and now it's about, oh I think about 7 or so years later. The lake cabin is sold but the family still manages to meet there every summer at a rental--although it doesn't sound like they all make it. Grandchildren are now grown and in college, one Granddaughter is gay, one can't seem to quite cut it in the work world or school. Emily's daughter has battled alcohol and exchanged that for Pot, she doesn't get along with her daughter in law who is snotty to her--and her son has no backbone to stand up to his wife. The kids haven't both shown up for Christmas at the same time in a couple of years. Her only companion is her dog and her sister in law--her husband's sister who never married. Sound pretty normal? It's a tale of growing old, not a bad tale; all in all, I think it's pretty realistic--not overly sad and not overly happy. Emily remains independent, in fact she buys a new car--she begins to drive again--she hangs onto life every day--not in physical sense, but in a mental-keep engaged sense. If you are in your mid years with aging parents-you might want to read this to gain a little understanding--I recommend starting with the first book, you'll move right into Emily Alone. Great book, I really enjoyed this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jarosik18 | 1/6/2014

    " Brilliant insight into what it is like to be older, to be alone when your husband and closest friends have passed, how to fill the hours, days, left with your fears, and not living that close to your children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 12/29/2013

    " Capturing the thoughts and concerns of an older generation (widowed kids long gone from the house), is not something that authors tend to do well, but I thought this was a great character-driven story about an older woman and her friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorinda | 12/19/2013

    " You have to readh "Wish You Were Here" first as this is a sequel about the matriarch of that family. O"Nan can write dialogue and describe the extraordinary life of ordinary people so it is a joy to read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ekd23 | 12/4/2013

    " Since I enjoyed Wish You were Here, I wanted to finish off the series. I am glad I did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merceda | 12/3/2013

    " It was a bit depressing because it focused SO MUCH on how alone Emily was! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Constance | 12/1/2013

    " O'Nan celebrates everyday lives with a kind of sweet reverence that is affirming and uplifting. This is the story of octogenarian, Emily, her feelings about family, friends, being a widow, and growing old. It's tender, funny, and all out beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis | 1/27/2013

    " O'Nan's ability to capture humanity shines through in this novel. It is not a particularly fun read and even grows a bit tedious, like life. However, he conveys life and the voice of an aging woman with such truth that I can only be impressed, as always, by his skill. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 10/19/2012

    " how can the minutiae of life be so compelling? that's the writer's art here. O'Nan breathes inside his character's skin and it resonated for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lory | 8/24/2012

    " I loved this book. No one else in my book club seemed to, though.... All from Emily's perspective as she nears the end of her life. Juxtaposes the trival with the important activities that fill a day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 7/26/2012

    " Slow, but very well written, imaginative and believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janell | 5/23/2012

    " Beautifully written but just too close to home for me to be able to read it enjoy now...... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Briana Kelly | 4/9/2012

    " Didn't hold my interest- even with all the references to Pittsburgh's EastEnd "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reed | 3/27/2012

    " A beautiful capture of small, ordinary moments and observations. Life as we age in the now, life as we look back and look forward. O'Nan made the mundane and every-day so crystal clear that at times it took my breath away. Not a novel for action-fiction lovers! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn Steigleman | 12/6/2011

    " A beautiful story about the nuances of aging. Unfortunately, I didn't have the attention span for the slow pace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 11/16/2011

    " A lovely book about the waning years of a woman's life. Sounds depressing, but it's beautifully written and a great read. This is the 2nd book by O'Nan that I've read and I've really liked them both! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 7/17/2011

    " I started this book awhile ago and it made me so sad that I stopped reading it. I gave it another shot and enjoyed it. "

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About the Author
Author Stewart O’Nan

Stewart O’Nan is the author of more than a dozen novels, including West of Sunset; The Odds; Emily, Alone; and Snow Angels, as well as several works of nonfiction, including, with Stephen King, the New York Times bestselling Faithful. His novel Last Night at the Lobster was a national bestseller and a finalist for the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He was born and raised and lives with his family in Pittsburgh.

About the Narrator

Andrea Gallo is an audiobook narrator whose works include Ungifted by Gordan Korman, The Nosy Neighbor by Fern Michaels, Kings of the Earth by John Clinch, and In Search of Eden by Linda Nichols, among many others.