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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (973 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Dubow Narrator: Robert Petkoff Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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"Every story has a narrator. Someone who writes it down after it's all over. Why am I the narrator of this story? I am because it is the story of my life—and of the people I love most. . . ."

Harry and Madeleine Winslow have been blessed with talent, money, and charm. Harry is a National Book Award–winning author on the cusp of greatness. Madeleine is a woman of sublime beauty and grace whose elemental goodness and serenity belie a privileged upbringing. Bonded by deep devotion, they share a love that is both envied and admired. The Winslows play host to a coterie of close friends and acolytes eager to bask in their golden radiance, whether they are in their bucolic East Hampton cottage, abroad in Rome thanks to Harry's writing grant, or in their comfortable Manhattan brownstone.

One weekend at the start of the summer season, Harry and Maddy, who are in their early forties, meet Claire and cannot help but be enchanted by her winsome youth, quiet intelligence, and disarming naivete. Drawn by the Winslows' inscrutable magnetism, Claire eagerly falls into their welcoming orbit. But over the course of the summer, her reverence transforms into a dangerous desire. By Labor Day, it is no longer enough to remain one of their hangers-on.

A story of love, lust, deception, and betrayal as seen through the omniscient eyes of Maddy's childhood friend Walter, a narrator akin to Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby, Indiscretion is a juicy, richly textured novel filled with fascinating, true-to-life characters—an irresistibly sensual page-turner that explores having it all and the consequences of wanting more.

Indiscretion also marks the debut of a remarkably gifted writer and storyteller whose unique voice bears all the hallmarks of an exciting new literary talent.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Charles Dubow has pulled off something remarkable: a finely tuned, perfectly pitched literary novel with the urgency of a tensely plotted thriller. I couldn’t put it down.”

    Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Expats

  • Indiscretion richly delves into the complex permutations of love. Charles Dubow writes with nuanced precision, and his characters are captivatingly real. This is a fine, supple, riveting first novel.”

    Kate Christensen, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Dubow crafts an epic novel of friendship, betrayal and undying love…A beautifully written debut…that skillfully tugs at the heartstrings.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Dubow’s first novel is a deliciously absorbing page-turner. His captivating characters jump off the page to pull the reader into their story.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A smart, sensuous, and moving debut…Delicious…The characters exude a Jazz Age glamour.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “[An] elegant debut…Smart and observant writing makes the story well worth the ride.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In his first novel, Dubow proves himself to be an elegant writer with a shrewd sense of how to shape his material for the broadest appeal. Glamorous settings, old money, and steamy sex all combine to make this one a totally addictive read.”


  • “A cultural lament wrapped in a lesson about extramarital lust—a riveting read.”

    Daily Beast

  • “Narrator Robert Petkoff reads the story in a sophisticated, calm tone that fully articulates and enhances the words with feeling.”


  • Selected for the February 2013 Indie Next List
  • A BookPage Book of the Day, February 2013

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Richard | 2/18/2014

    " Promising... But disappointing. This novel could have been so much more. It's finally trite, and the writing is flat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jmgrn | 2/14/2014

    " All it takes is one "indiscretion" to change so many lives! Great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sharon Rapkowski | 2/4/2014

    " At times I really loved this book - mostly the middle part of the book. Tt is hard to relate to people who live such charmed lives - so did not like the beginning that much (when characters were introduced) or the last part - but did enjoy the middle part of the book very much - so all in all - gave it three stars. Did ask some interesting questions about life's choices and fate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura Ly | 1/31/2014

    " Definitely starts off as a juicy, easy to read summer novel...that takes an unexpected, mind-blowing turn. Sexy, heart-wrenching. It would have received 4 stars from me had it been less slow to start and finish. "

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