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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (724 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lily Tuck Narrator: Barbara Caruso Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781611746204
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Over a single night, Nina sits at the bedside of her husband, Philip, whose sudden and unexpected death is the reason for her lonely vigil. Too shocked to grieve, she remembers the defining moments of their long union, he a mathematician, she an artist. N Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “The writing is lyrical and striking, vividly capturing the nature of memory and the way in which love, though never simple, is contained and proven in the small, indelible moments of our lives…This slim, magnificent novel is rarefied by its heartbreaking immediacy, and the moving, aching stream of consciousness chronicles not only the psychology of shock and mourning, but also the minute-by-minute way in which Nine begins to put life as she knows it in the past tense.”


  • “Strangely captivating…The story becomes steadily more absorbing, and the sum of the novel’s parts is well worth the effort.”

    Washington Post

  • “A magical, truthful tale.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Luminous…Spare but deep.”


  • “An elegant vigil…A poised, readable, immediate novel.”


  • “This slim brush of a book manages to accomplish in a mere 200-plus pages what many novelists try to do in twice the verbiage…[It] examines the disguises and surprises that energize a lasting marriage.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Sweet, tender, and compelling.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Beautiful…Tuck produces spare prose that doesn’t sacrifice tension or emotion in its economy…An artfully crafted still life of one couple’s marriage.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Affecting, original…Rich in sentiment, poignancy, and honesty.”


  • “A full and satisfying portrayal of a marriage…Great fodder for readers who enjoy pondering life’s larger questions.”

    Library Journal

  • “Tuck’s crisp writing is a joy.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A breathlessly mannered, affecting new work…Small, vital snapshots make up two lives closely shared, and beautifully portrayed in this triumph of a novel.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “[A] moving narrative…Poetic and absorbing…The final passages, as dawn breaks in the new widow’s life, are a rare and elegant affirmation of the transcendence of love.”

    Daily Beast

  • “One of the most beautiful love songs in novel form you’ll ever read…Tuck is a genius with moments…Her ability to capture beauty will remind readers of Margaret Yourcenar and Marguerite Duras.”

    Los Angels Book Review

  • Selected for the October 2011 Indie Next List
  • A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2011 Boston Globe Book of the Year for Fiction
  • A 2011 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trent | 2/16/2014

    " This is a classic example whereby my utter distaste and dislike for the narrator clouds my perspective on the fine writing within. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti Henger | 2/9/2014

    " Although this was a short novel (190 pages), this author's work will stick with me. It was equal parts sweet and sad, with a gorgeous way of describing a marriage that has come to an unexpected, abrupt end. The style was unique in that it truly seemed to capture how a lot of people think....one memory that evolves into a completely different thought, that may or may not come back to the initial memory. I also appreciated the poetry, it was really beautiful. I loved Philip's character, but was a little put off by Nina and her reckless behavior. I would love to delete a lot of her actions, but making everything perfect in a novel defeats the purpose of the message I suppose. Really glad I invested the time to read something completely different than I normally pick up...will add some more Lily Tuck to my bookshelf:-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 2/3/2014

    " I am a sucker for beautiful language and ideas. This very short novel is about physics, marriage, math, and youth. A meditation of the life of a couple. It is not a riveting story, but such a lovely piece writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula Matuskey | 1/18/2014

    " Tight novel where a widow reflects on her marriage immediately following her husband's death. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly L. | 1/10/2014

    " I loved this book - until the end. I was very confused by the ending. I quite possibly am too stupid to understand it, but if you've read this book let me know so you can enlighten me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katharine Holden | 11/17/2013

    " The weaving in and out of decades works well in this novel. Beautifully written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/15/2013

    " I'm not sure how much of my "meh" reaction to this was because I truly felt it was meh, or because I read it on the weekend after Newtown, and suddenly the problems of a long- and mostly happily married couple didn't seem that critical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana Jennings | 7/24/2013

    " This is a prime example of why I aspire to read & speak French. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 3/30/2013

    " I thought I was enjoying this until I wasn't anymore. I made it about halfway through. It had some tender moments and phrasing but that wasn't enough to sustain it for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 2/23/2013

    " #whitepeopleproblems "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenni VanDeVoorde | 1/29/2013

    " I'm neutral about this book, which makes it hard to rate. I definitely don't have anything negative to say, but I can't really say anything positive either. I read it, I don't mind that I read it, and then it was over and I don't mind that either. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Yxlrdr | 5/30/2012

    " oring, story of husband dies, remembering the relationship "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin Griffin | 1/17/2012

    " Very skillful transitions throughout the whole book. I liked Philip's probability stories. I don't understand why Nina did some of the things she did, like allow Didier to do what he did. She confused me. But overall, very good. "

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About the Author

Lily Tuck is the author of several novels, including Interviewing Matisse or the Woman Who Died Standing Up, The Woman Who Walked on Water, Siam, or the Woman Who Shot a Man, which was nominated for the 2000 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and The News From Paraguay, winner of the National Book Award. She is also the author of the biography Woman of Rome, A Life of Elsa Morante. Her short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, and are collected in Limbo, or Other Places I Have Lived. She divides her time between Maine and New York City.

About the Narrator

Barbara Caruso, winner of numerous Earphones Awards for narration, is an accomplished actress. A graduate of London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she was a featured player in the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has played starring roles on Broadway and in theaters across the country. She won the Alexander Scourby Reader of the Year Award for her performances of young adult fiction and has more than one hundred audiobook narrations to her credit.