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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,224 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jo Ann Beard Narrator: Jo Anna Perri Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The fourteen-year-old narrator of In Zanesville is a late bloomer; a sidekick, a marching band dropout, a disastrous babysitter, the kind of girl whose Eureka moment is the discovery that 'fudge' can't be said with an English accent. Luckily, she has a best friend with whom she shares the everyday adventures of a 1970s American girlhood. In time, their friendship is tested - by their families' claims on them, by a clique of popular girls who stumble upon them, and by the first, startling, subversive intimations of womanhood. With dry wit and piercing observation, Jo Ann Beard shows us that in the seemingly quiet streets of America's innumerable Zanesvilles is a world of wonders, and that within the souls of the overlooked often burns something radiant.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Masterfully wrought…Downright hilarious and often hold-your-breath-and-hope-for-the-best suspenseful.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “A sure-handed first novel…It’s impossible not to be charmed.”

    Washington Post

  • “An exuberant first novel…Beard has a knack for melding the funny and the sad, amplifying small moments into something big.”

    New York Times

  • “Epic and profound. These thoughtful, funny, awestruck, slightly peculiar girls are so endearing, so painfully true.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A fierce, funny, brave, and bracingly honest new novel…Every bit as poignant and powerful as The Catcher in the Rye.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A fresh comic voice and a talent for sharp familiarizing place-details.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • Winner of the 2012 YALSA Alex Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mollycakes | 2/18/2014

    " I love coming-of-age stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Glucose Johnny | 2/12/2014

    " This novel thrived in the spaces in between the narrative. This is not to say that the story itself was lacking; both typical and unexpected events constitute an engaging and heartfelt tale, told by a narrator instantly likable and relatable, regardless of age or gender. However, the asides and other narrative connective tissues, those moments not crucial to the story buy invaluable to the reading experience, that were the most memorable to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lori | 2/1/2014

    " Not one of those "can't put it down" books, but I really enjoyed it. If you were growing up in a small town in the late 70's, you'll really be able to relate. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Amy M | 1/31/2014

    " This sounded like a book that would be right up my alley, but it fell flat for me. "

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