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Author: Julianna Baggott Narrator: Jodi Carlisle, Christine Lakin, Katie Koster, Susan Silo Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781478927884
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A brilliantly crafted saga about three generations of women and their secrets, including the discovery of a final unpublished book by the family matriarch, a revered and reclusive author

The reclusive Harriet Wolf, revered author and family matriarch, has a final confession—a love story. Years after her death, as her family comes together one last time, the mystery of Harriet’s life hangs in the balance. Does the truth lie in the rumored final book of the series that made Harriet a world-famous writer, or will her final confession be lost forever?

Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders tells the moving story of the unforgettable Wolf women in four distinct voices: the mysterious Harriet, who, until now, has never revealed the secrets of her past; her fiery, overprotective daughter Eleanor; and her two grown granddaughters—Tilton, the fragile yet exuberant younger sister who’s become a housebound hermit, and Ruth, the older sister who ran away at sixteen and never looked back. When Eleanor is hospitalized, Ruth decides it’s time to do right by a pact she made with Tilton long ago: to return home and save her sister. Meanwhile, Harriet whispers her true life story to the reader. It’s a story that spans the entire twentieth century and is filled with mobsters, outcasts, a lonesome lion, and a home for wayward women. It’s also a tribute to her lifelong love of the boy she met at the Maryland School for Feeble-Minded Children.

Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders, Julianna Baggott’s most sweeping and mesmerizing novel yet, offers a profound meditation on motherhood and sisterhood, as well as on the central importance of stories. It is a novel that affords its characters that rare chance we all long for—the chance to reimagine the stories of our lives while there’s still time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Inventive, playful, and deeply affecting.”

    Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A mesmerizing tale of star-crossed love and of the dark secrets in a fracturing family.”

    Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Family secrets make for ripe hunting grounds for novelists. In this evocative book, those secrets hide mystery after mystery, like a set of Russian nesting dolls.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “As distinctively twisted as these characters’ lives are, they still touch our own in ways that can be unexpectedly playfu… By the end of Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders, much comes out of hiding. Healing cascades down the generations.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The risk of mocking a young woman with special needs is high here, but Baggott captures Tilton’s oddness and charm with real affection…As a novel about learning to love and forgive, Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders offers some sweet moments of reconciliation.”

    Washington Post

  • “Harriet Wolf[’s]…story is revealed in a series of alternating monologues that are perfectly suited to audio and expertly delivered by an ensemble of voices…Susan Silo is outstanding as she rasps and whispers her droll asides, skewering characters with choice observations…This completely engaging and wondrous tale is an audiobook listeners will want to hear again. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2015 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

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About the Author

Julianna Baggott is the author of many books, including the national bestseller Girl Talk. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Best American Poetry 2000, 180 More Extraordinary Poems for Everyday, the Southern ReviewTriQuarterlyVirginia Quarterly ReviewPoetryGlamourMs. Magazine, and more. Her books have received critical acclaim from reviewers and fellow authors alike. Julianna also writes popular children’s books under the pseudonym N. E. Bode. She is an associate professor at Florida State University.

About the Narrators

Jodi Carlisle is an American actress who has appeared in Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, The Wild Thornberrys, and Criminal Minds, among many other movies and television series. Her audiobook narration has earned her an AudioFile Earphones Award.

Christine Lakin is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and acclaimed television actress, best known for her roles as Alicia “Al” Lambert on the hit family comedy Step by Step and as Joan of Arc on Showtime’s Reefer Madness.

Katie Koster grew up in the town of Eastchester, New York, and attended Boston College, where she majored in theater and math. After college, Katie returned to her New York and embarked on the full-time two-year acting program at the William Esper Studio, studying the Meisner Technique under Joel Rooks and Suzanne Esper. She continued her vocal training by studying privately with Carolyn Paulus, acting in musicals, and joining a Swedish choir. More recently, she has discovered a love for improv, puppets, and Los Angeles, where she now lives.