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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,766 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Lethem Narrator: David Aaron Baker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One the irrepressibly inventive Jonathan Lethem could weld science fiction and the Western into a mesmerizing novel of exploration and otherness, sexual awakening and loss. At the age of 13 Pella Marsh loses her mother and her home on the scorched husk that is planet Earth. Her sorrowing family emigrates to the Planet of the Archbuilders, whose mysterious inhabitants have names like Lonely Dumptruck and Hiding Kneeland a civilization that and frightens their human visitors.

On this new world, spikily independent Pella becomes as uneasy envoy between two species. And at the same time is unwilling drawn to a violent loner who embodies all the paranoid machismo of the frontier ethic. Combining the tragic grandeur of John Ford’s The Searchers and the sexual tension of Lolita and transporting them to a planet light years, Girl in Landscape is a tour de force.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Lethem is opening up blue sky for American fiction. Village Voice
  • Complex, scary and finally moving. Atlanta Journal & Constitution
  • One of the most original voices among younger American novelists....Jonathan Lethem's imagination [is]...marvelously fertile. Newsday

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by David | 2/15/2014

    " Great atmosphere, plot could have been a bit deeper. But in the spirit of many westerns, it stands for what it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steven Granieri | 2/9/2014

    " Jonathan Lethem's Girl in Landscape tells the coming of age tale of Pella Marsh, a thirteen year old girl who must leave earth to follow her father to the planet of the Archbuilders. Girl in Landscape is a delightful read that has obvious undertones and influence from Nabokov's Lolita. A science fiction piece that has a little bit of everything. "

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

    " Leave it to Jonathan Lethem to create a science-fiction world that feels like an old Western by way of the Bowery Boys. I sank effortlessly into this mysterious, distant world, a ghost-town of a planet just starting to be inhabited by humans escaping a sun-parched Earth. Though he sketches details elegantly the story of 13-year-old Pella and her increasingly fractured family, adrift in a new frontier, was more important than the nitty-gritty of space travel -- I was frustrated by a few holes in the story that were never quite filled in. But all in all, this was an intoxicating read, satisfying, and I'm very sad it's over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by alissa | 1/29/2014

    " This was like being 15 and reading Ursula K. Leguin for the first time. And for that reason alone, I was in love. "

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