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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (60 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sigrid Nunez Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the summer of 1934, “a sickly, pathetic marmoset” called Mitz came into the care of Leonard Woolf. He nursed her back to health and from then on was rarely seen without her on his shoulder. A ubiquitous presence in Bloomsbury society, Mitz moved with Leonard and Virginia Woolf and their circle, developing special relationships with such associates as T. S. Eliot and Vita Sackville-West. She accompanied the Woolfs on their travels and even played an important role in helping them to escape a close call with Nazis in Germany.

Using letters, diaries, and memoirs, Nunez reconstructs Mitz’s life against the background of Bloomsbury in its twilight years. Tender, affectionate, and humorous, Mitz provides an intimate portrait of a most uncommon household, a glimpse of what Virginia Woolf once described as “the private side of life—the play side,” represented by one’s pets.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A limpidly written story…In short, glistening sentences that refract the larger world, Ms. Nunez describes the appealingly eccentric, fiercely intelligent Woolfs during a darkening time when Mitz was a tiny focus of their lives.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Offers a slice of pure whimsy.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A fanciful account of the everyday lives of Leonard and Virginia Woolf.” 


  • “Reader [McCaddon] is remarkably clear. She cleverly conveys some of the individual characters with changes in tone and accent.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary | 11/21/2013

    " A charming novel based on the fact that Leonard and Virginia Woolf kept a marmoset (small monkey). It's a lovely imagining of their life together. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Pascale | 10/3/2013

    " A pleasant read, especially for people fascinated by Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury group. The author has done her research and the writing is fluid. Its charm, but almost its downfall, is that is about as light as the tiny monkey at its centre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lauren | 9/24/2013

    " Occasionally delightful one-day read, although it is more or less written in the style of children's literature and does not offer much new to those already interested in the Woolfs, Bloomsbury, or marmosets generally. And why else would one pick it up? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marian Ferguson | 8/4/2013

    " One benefit of browing in a used bookstore is an introduction to Mitz the marmoset who loved with Virginia and Leonard Wolff for four and a half years. Delightful. "

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About the Author
Author Sigrid Nunez

Sigrid Nunez is the author of A Feather on the Breath of God and Naked Sleeper. She has been the recipient of several literary awards, including a Whiting Writer’s Award. She has taught at Amherst College, Smith College, Columbia University and the New School, and has been a visiting writer or writer in residence at Washington University, Baruch College, Vassar College, Boston University, and the University of California, Irvine, among others.