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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,446 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Victor Lodato Narrator: Cassandra Campbel Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The young Mathilda Savitch is furious, awkward, and tender. The book Mathilda Savitch is a compelling must-listen and the debut of an extraordinary novelistic talent.

I want to be awful. I want to do awful things and why not? Dull is dull is dull is my life. Like now, it’s night, not yet time for bed but too late to be outside, and the two of them reading reading reading with their eyes moving like the lights inside a copy machine. When I was helping put the dishes in the washer tonight, I broke a plate. I said sorry Ma it slipped. But it didn’t slip, that’s how I am sometimes, and I want to be worse. Awful is easy if you make it your one and only.

Fear doesn’t come naturally to Mathilda Savitch. She prefers to look right at the things nobody else can bring themselves to mention: for example, the fact that her beloved older sister is dead, pushed in front of a train by a man who is still on the loose. But after a year of spying and provocations, she’s no closer to the truth than she was the day it happened. When Mathilda finally cracks Helen’s email password, a secret life opens up, one that swiftly draws her into a world of clouded motives and strange emotion. Somewhere in it lies the key to waking her family up from their dream of grief. To cross into that underworld and see what her sister saw, she has to risk everything that matters to her.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The outrageous, pitch-perfect voice of this book grabs you up and won’t let go. A bravura performance.”

    Mary Karr, author of the New York Times bestseller The Liar’s Club

  • “Prepare to be—in equal measures—charmed and haunted. Because once you get this precocious teen’s sad, sharp voice in your head, it’s hard to get it out.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “A stunning portrait of grief and youthful imagination.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Engaging and humorous yet grappling with serious issues.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Lodato indelibly captures the fragile vulnerability and fearless bravado of adolescence through Mathilda’s impeccable voice…A phenomenal debut.”

    Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

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

    " This male playwright has magically transformed his voice into that of a troubled adolescent. She is consistently inconsistent, fluctuating between impervious to helpless to surly to giddy, much like a real adolescent. On occasions she is brilliant and on other occasions she is just plain ruthless and stupid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Samie | 2/9/2014

    " atypical story in the narrative voice of a typical precocious child "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sarah | 1/28/2014

    " It just did not work for me on any level. I really wanted to like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stephanie | 1/16/2014

    " a fantastic book, slightly reminiscent of "Lovely Bones" but following the little sister's story. Mathilda is a lovely, complex protagonist who broke my heart a few times throughout the course of the novel. I read it in two days because I couldn't put it down. "

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About the Author

Victor Lodato is a poet and playwright. A 2002–2003 Guggenheim Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Southern Review, North American Review, Northwest Review, and Beloit Poetry Journal. In 1998 he received the Emily Clark Balch Prize in Poetry from the Virginia Quarterly Review. Victor has also won numerous awards for his plays, including one from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays. He lives in Tucson, Arizona, and New York City.