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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (418 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bonnie Nadzam Narrator: Tavia Gilber Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Lamb traces the self-discovery of David Lamb, a narcissistic middle-aged man with a tendency toward dishonesty, in the weeks following the disintegration of his marriage and the death of his father. Hoping to regain some faith in his own goodness, he turns his attention to Tommie, an awkward and unpopular eleven-year-old girl. Lamb is convinced that he can help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness and even comes to believe that his devotion to Tommie is in her best interest. But when he decides to abduct a willing Tommie for a road trip from Chicago to the Rockies, planning to initiate her to the beauty of the mountain wilderness, they are both shaken in ways neither of them expects.

Lamb is a masterful exploration of the dynamics of love and dependency that challenges the boundaries between adolescence and adulthood, confronts preconceived notions about conventional morality, and exposes mankind’s eroded relationship with nature.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Lamb is one of the most powerful and original novels I have read in years. Beautiful, evocative, and brilliant.”

    T. C. Boyle, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Beautifully written.”

    More Magazine, Editor’s Pick

  • “Only an immensely promising young writer could bestow such grace on such troubled characters.”

    Boston Globe

  • “In this stunning debut, Nadzam takes a lot of risks, and the results are thrilling.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “A beautiful book. Nadzam’s sentences are admirably clipped and controlled, nesting the emotional turmoil of its two subjects within the stability of their natural surroundings.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “Nadzam deserves credit for her convincing portrait of a middle-aged male burnout…[Lamb] is difficult and beautiful, and though it may not be normal, it feels very real.”

    Time Out New York

  • “An accomplished first novel deserves an accomplished reading, which is precisely what Lamb receives from Earphones Award winner Tavia Gilbert. An experienced actor and producer, Gilbert brings her estimable skills to the fore in this gripping, highly original story.”

    Amazon.com (audio review)

  • Lolita gets a twenty-first-century spin in this gripping debut…Storytelling as accomplished as it is unsettling.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A disturbing and elusive novel about manipulation and desperate friendship.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Lamb is a wonder of a novel. Bonnie Nadzam has offered an exploration of interpersonal and sexual manipulation and power that left me reeling. This is a novel about responsibility, complicity, blame, neglect, and finally love.”

    Percival Everett, author of I Am Not Sidney Poitier and Erasure

  • “Every sentence in Bonnie Nadzam’s Lamb teaches us about love, necessity, and the mysteries of the heart. I am haunted by her two protagonists, and by the journey they take together. This utterly compelling novel has launched a major new voice in American fiction.”

    David Mason, author of Ludlow

  • “Bonnie Nadzam’s debut is gripping, gorgeous, and utterly original. The disturbing story resists easy categorization, challenging what we think we know about childhood, adulthood, pain, beauty, and love. This book will jolt you awake.”

    Anna North, author of America Pacifica

  • A 2011 O Magazine’s Reading Room Pick of Riveting Reads
  • Winner of the 2011 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
  • Selected for the September 2011 Indie Next List
  • A 2011 More Magazine Pick for Hottest Fall Novels
  • Winner of the 2011 Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by didaink | 2/4/2014

    " This is one of the best novels I've read in years ~ unlike anything I've ever picked up before. Ms. Nadzam gave me a character and a situation I will contemplate for a long time to come. I'm still coming to terms with the plot. I could not stop turning the pages, scared to keep reading and surprised by my own reaction to the characters and the plot. I can't wait to read more from this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tuck | 1/2/2014

    " a doozie debut novel. A troubled "successful" lawyer sort of kidnaps an 11 year old girl and takes her to a mountain cabin hideaway. Fantastic tension of "father/daughter" binding with humbert humbert sexual yearnings (and consummation?!?). A must for early spring/ mid-life crisis illicit love affairs lovers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Liz | 12/28/2013

    " Disturbing. Spent the whole thing trying to decipher how horrified to be. Beautifully written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Louise | 12/26/2013

    " This book made Lamb's character uncomfortably sympathetic, I found it difficult to read. A good look at how some people can delude themselves about their own behaviour and motives. "

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