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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,779 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Minot Narrator: Kathryn Walker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With two novels and one short story collection published to overwhelming critical acclaim (“Monkeys takes your breath away,” said Anne Tyler; “heartbreaking, exhilarating,” raved the New York Times Book Review), Susan Minot has emerged as one of the most gifted writers in America, praised for her ability to strike at powerful emotional truths in language that is sensual and commanding, mesmerizing in its vitality and intelligence.

Now, with Evening, she gives us her most ambitious novel, a work of surpassing beauty. During a summer weekend on the coast of Maine, at the wedding of her best friend, Ann Grant fell in love. She was twenty-five. Forty years later—after three marriages and five children—Ann Lord finds herself in the dim claustrophobia of illness, careening between lucidity and delirium and only vaguely conscious of the friends and family parading by her bedside, when the memory of that weekend returns to her with the clarity and intensity of a fever-dream.

Evening unfolds in the rush light of that memory, as Ann relives those three vivid days on the New England coast, with motorboats buzzing and bands playing in the night, and the devastating tragedy that followed a spectacular wedding. Here, in the surge of hope and possibility that coursed through her at twenty-five—in a singular time of complete surrender—Ann discovers the highest point of her life.

Superbly written and miraculously uplifting, Evening is a stirring exploration of time and memory, of love’s transcendence and of its failure to transcend—a rich testament to the depths of grief and passion, and a stunning achievement.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Her best work yet, assured, supple, exhilarating in its nerve and cool momentum Joan Didion
  • A stunning novel...a powerful story that cuts back and forth in time to give us both the defining moment in a woman's life and an understanding of how that moment has reverberated through the remainder of her days...Her evocation of her heroine's passion for Harris Arden is so convincing, her depiction of the world she inhabits is so fiercely observed...The difference between [Monkeys and Evening] attests to Susan Minot's growing ambition and
    assurance as an artist
    Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
  • An absorbing drama...Minot writes with quiet perceptiveness and grace, pulling the
    reader into Ann's deathbed reverie
  • A brilliant lyric performance John Casey
  • In spare and lovely language, Susan Minot has set forth a real life, in all its particularity and splendor and pain. This is the task of the novelist, and in Evening Minot has succeeded
    Roxana Robinson, New York Times Book Review
  • It astounds in its craftsmanship and imprints itself indelibly on the heart...A haunting work of art that moves at the pace of a suspense thriller Sheila Bosworth, New Orleans Times-Picayune
  • Evening is a beautifully realized work...more mature and confident than anything she has written...An exquisite novel Gail Caldwell, Boston Globe
  • A wonderful, truthful, heartbreaking book. . .. Evening vindicates the wildest assertions any of us have made about Susan Minot's talent Tom McGuane
  • Evening is a supremely sensual, sensitive and dramatic novel...So rich in color and motion, music and atmosphere Donna Seaman, Booklist
  • I was swept up in it...It moved me and made me cry D. T. Max, New York Observer
  • A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kasey | 1/28/2014

    " This could be a good book - I never finished it because the author doesn't use quotation marks. I couldn't get through it because it was so annoying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary | 1/21/2014

    " Beautiful imagery, loved all the references to Boston and New England but often slow and sometimes train of thought thinking grew hard to follow. Going to rent the movie now to compare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Machel | 1/5/2014

    " If I had to give you my favorite read of all time it would be Susan Minot's book-EVENING. Why? What can I tell you? I read it on a Carribean cruise 12 years ago when and it just affected me so deeply. The story of Ann Grant at different parts of her life. How it was told purely in flashback. How the beginning of the novel still feels like a bit of a mystery to me, how this Ann never quite recovered from that one weekend in her life, yet she lived this enormous life. I think at the time I read this book, I could identify deeply with this type of feeling, and I didn't want anything like that to ever happen to me. Because of this book, it propelled my thinking into more of a 'recovery state' and worked on myself. Books, especially novels sometimes teaches us things our friends miss or we fail to realize without internalizing other characters and their problems. I have read this book 3 times and I ask those I love to read it. Yet, I can't ever seem to get a following with it. The movie that was made did not capture the depth this book had. I normally can enjoy a movie on it's own merit (English Patient translated amazingly into film), but the movie was a sliver of the book weight in gold. Susan Minot is a such a gifte writer. I will always readn anything she writes. m "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by WillowAtSunset Bennehoff | 12/26/2013

    " I hated this book. It was too hard to follow. While I support writers breaking the rules of punctuation if it helps to draw the reader into the writer's mind, all Susan Minot did for me when she broke the rules was trip me up in my reading. Stumble. Stumble. Stumble. The book didn't flow for this reason. I don't know how I made it from beginning to end without giving up, but for some reason I did and finished the book. Of all the books I've ever read, this stands out as the most painful to finish. "

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