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Author: Gretchen Anthony Narrator: Donna Postel, Andi Arndt, Eric G. Dove Publisher: Harlequin Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2018 ISBN: 9781488205286
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“Stunning... An intricately satisfying story about love and understanding that is full of both nostalgia and surprising optimism.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A propulsive and endearing debut.” —J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest
A formidable matriarch learns the hard way that no family is perfect in this witty, sparkling debut novel

Dearest loved ones, far and near—evergreen tidings from the Baumgartners!
Violet Baumgartner has opened her annual holiday letter the same way for the past three decades. And this year she’s going to throw her husband, Ed, a truly perfect retirement party, one worthy of memorializing in her upcoming letter. But the event becomes a disaster when, in front of two hundred guests, Violet learns her daughter Cerise has been keeping a shocking secret from her, shattering Violet’s carefully constructed world.
In an epic battle of wills, Violet goes to increasing lengths to wrest back control of her family, infuriating Cerise and snaring their family and friends in a very un-Midwestern, un-Baumgartner gyre of dramatics. And there will be no explaining away the consequences in this year’s Baumgartner holiday letter…
Full of humor, emotion and surprises at every turn, Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners brings to life a remarkable cast of quirky, deeply human characters who must learn to adapt to the unconventional, or else risk losing one another. This is the story of a family falling to pieces—and the unexpected way they put it all back together.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Deftly captures all of the passive-aggression, generosity, humble-bragging, kindness, emotional restraint, and humor typical to a Minnesota family. A propulsive and endearing debut.”

    J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Anthony’s debut successfully mixes realistic emotional responses to big life events with a sense of humor, preventing any single character from becoming a victim or a villain.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Anthony paints a complex portrait of a matriarch struggling to give up control over her daughter’s life, and strengthening her family in the process.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Anthony’s debut gently pokes fun at her characters while affirming the supreme importance of family, whatever form that family might take.”

    Booklist

  • “An intricately satisfying story about love and understanding that is full of both nostalgia and surprising optimism.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This delightfully clever debut is a masterfully written, Wes Anderson-esque roller coaster ride through a series of self-made disasters in a hilariously dysfunctional family…Hits all the right notes; you’ll double over with laughter, but you’ll also find yourself at times misty-eyed and introspective. I have the feeling this is just the first of many skilled and heartfelt dramedies from the pen of talented newcomer Gretchen Anthony.”

    Kristin Harmel, author of The Life Intended

  • “Full of twists and turns and laughs that don’t let up. Whee!”

    Lorna Landvik, author of Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons

  • “Gretchen Anthony knows what makes the people of the America’s heartland hilarious, lovable, and worth reading about…Anthony is a breath of fresh air, and the Baumgartners will make you roll your eyes and giggle in recognition of the quirkiness of family.”

    Ann Garvin, author of I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around

  • “A non-stop delight of a novel peopled with characters that are sure to entertain. Violet Baumgartner and her hilarious family are part of a different world—one that once I entered, I didn’t want to leave. A literary joy from beginning to end!”

    Anita Hughes, author of California Summer

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About the Author

Gretchen Anthony is a Minnesota-based writer and humorist. She’s spent decades as a ghostwriter and has written for some of the best personal brands in the United States, from CEOs to doctors and start-up superstars to BBQ pros.

About the Narrators

Donna Postel, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is absolutely passionate about audiobooks and has narrated close to fifty titles across multiple genres, from memoir and biography to literary fiction, romance, mystery, and suspense. She uses her innate curiosity, talent, and decades of experience on stage and in the recording studio to bring books to life. When she’s not in the studio, she can be found down at the barn cleaning up after and occasionally riding horses.

Andi Arndt is a professional voice actor, the winner of a 2017 Audie Award for Best Romance, and winner of two Earphones Awards.

Eric G. Dove is a multiple Earphones Award–winning narrator, and his credits include more than 100 audiobooks. He is also an accomplished musician and a budding author, who published Ghosts of Royston in 2013. He is a graduate of Ohio State University.