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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (219 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beth Gutcheon, Joyce Bean Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Good-bye and Amen is the next chapter for the family of Leeway Cottage, the story of what happens when those most powerful people in any family drama, the parents, have left the stage.

In a summer cottage on the coast of Maine, an unlikely love was nurtured, a marriage endured, and a family survived. Now it is time for the children of that marriage to make peace with the wounds and the treasures left to them. And to sort out which is which.

The complicated marriage of the gifted Danish pianist Laurus Moss to the provincial American child of privilege Sydney Brant was a mystery to many who knew them, including their three children. Now, Eleanor, Monica, and Jimmy Moss have to decide how to divide or share what Laurus and Sydney have left them without losing one another.

Having lived through childhoods both materially blessed and emotionally difficult, with a father who could seem uninvolved and a mother who loved a good family game of “let’s you and him fight,” the Mosses have formed strong adult bonds that none of them wants to damage. But it’s difficult to divide a beloved summer house three ways and keep it too. They all know what’s at stake—in a world of atomized families, a house like Leeway Cottage can be the glue that keeps generations of cousins and grandchildren deeply connected to one another. But knowing it’s important doesn’t make it easy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Good-Bye and Amen is a tour de force of structure and voice. Gutcheon had me at the first sentence and I didn’t put the book down until I had finished it. Marvelous and memorable.”

    Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austin Book Club

  • “An undeniably rich, no-holds-barred portrait of an American family. Strongly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Beautifully written.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Compellingly drawn…A true New England novel, charming but a bit chilly.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This sweeping saga will strike a chord with anyone who loves to read about family.”

    RT Book Reviews (4-star review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marti | 2/20/2014

    " Sequel to the outstanding Leeway Cottage. Written from multiple points of view, it is somewhat confusing and probably would not stand on its own without having read Leeway Cottage first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marian | 2/6/2014

    " There is a good book in here, but the author muffles it with too many digressions and little unnecessary fillips. There is some great stuff in here about adult siblings and family, but it didn't come together all that well. I would read another book by her, though. "

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

    " This book starts out with a family trying to decide how to split up their parents assets after they've died and how their true colors emerge. It is written in paragraphs of different individuals thoughts. There is a bit of a ghostly aspect to it, but only slightly. It did keep me reading and interested. The style of writing was interesting, but took some memory in trying to keep track of all the different characters. All in all, I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Diane Johnson | 1/25/2014

    " Read Leeway Cottage first and then this book will make sense. I read this longer after I finished Leeway Cottage than I should have, so I had to try to remember what happened in that book to make this one relevant. Thus it's a 3 star. "

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