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Read By: Jean Ann Douglass Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: September 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781250776570

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Longest Chapter Length:

77:09 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

31 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

35:33 minutes

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Publisher Description

"[Jean Ann] Douglass’ narration, intimate and bemused and every so often curling up with wryness at the end of a sentence, is a perfect match for Shun-lien Bynum’s delicate delights." -- Slate A Buzz Book of Fall at Publishers Lunch * A WIRED Ultimate Summer Reading pick National Book Award finalist Sarah Shun-lien Bynum’s highly anticipated return weaves together like and unlike, mythic and modern In nine stories that range from the real to the unreal, strange to familiar, funny to frightening, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum reminds us why her wildly original debut, Madeleine Is Sleeping, and her masterful Ms. Hempel Chronicles have become contemporary classics--celebrated and beloved. In a nimble dance of lightness and gravity, Likes explores the full range and contradictions of our contemporary moment. Through unexpected visitors, Waldorf school fairs, aging indie-film stars, the struggle to gain a foothold in the capitalist shell-game of work, the Instagram posts of a twelve-year-old—these stories of friendship and parenthood, celebrity and obsession, race and class and the passage of time, form an engrossing collection that is both otherworldly and suffused with the deceitful humdrum of everyday life. For fans of Joy Williams, George Saunders, Lauren Groff, and Deborah Eisenberg, Likes helps us see into our unacknowledged desires and, in quick, artful, nearly invisible cuts, exposes the roots of our abiding terrors and delights. A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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“Reality and unreality frequently blur in this impressive collection. From the inscrutability of adolescence to the instability of suburban order, Bynum’s subjects hold together through her control of language and attention to detail.”

— New York Times Book Review 


  • “ Time and again, her characters reckon with how―and if―you can ever really close the gap between yourself and someone else…Likes is a comforting reminder that relationships are often contradictory.”

    — Wired
  • “As clean prose dissects messy lives, these stories combine an empathetic heart with acute understanding.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week
  • A Wired Magazine Pick for Fall
  • A Publishers Lunch pick
  • Among longlisted titles for Library Journal Best Books of the Year, 2020
  • Among longlisted titles for NYPL Best Books of the Year, 2020
  • Among shortlisted titles for L.A. Times Book Prize - Finalist, 2020

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About Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum’s first novel, Madeleine Is Sleeping, was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2004. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Time, House, Georgia Review, and Best American Short Stories. She teaches writing at the University of California–San Diego and lives in Los Angeles with her family.