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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Choi Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2013 ISBN: 9781470881900
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Regina Gottlieb had been warned about Professor Nicholas Brodeur long before arriving as a graduate student at his prestigious university high on a pastoral hill. He’s said to lie in the dark in his office while undergraduate women read couplets to him. He’s condemned on the walls of the women’s restroom and enjoys films by Roman Polanski. But no one warned Regina about his exceptional physical beauty—or his charismatic, volatile wife.

My Education is the story of Regina’s mistakes, which begin in the bedroom and end—if they do—fifteen years in the future and thousands of miles away. By turns erotic and completely catastrophic, Regina’s misadventures demonstrate what can happen when the chasm between desire and duty is too wide to bridge.

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Quotes & Awards

  • My Education is a raw, wild, hurtling foray into the tangled realms of sexuality and self-knowledge. Susan Choi’s vast gifts as a novelist are all on display, with her restlessness, curiosity, and sheer daring leading the way.”

    Jennifer Egan, New York Times bestselling author

  • “When I finished Susan Choi’s My Education, I nearly gasped. She had managed one of the most exquisite of the novelist’s magic acts— produced a cogent, passionate, and surprising story, while acknowledging the ordinary, eroding aspects of lives lived daily…She has, in short, written an amazing book.”

    Michael Cunningham, New York Times bestselling author of The Hours

  • “Choi gets top marks for slyly re-inventing the affaire de l’académie in My Education.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Explores a young heart and its painfully naïve and bold ways…It’s The Graduate meets The L Word meets the Carey Mulligan flick An Education.”

    Marie Claire

  • “Elegantly written…[Choi is] a graceful, perceptive writer.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A smart and witty novel about college life…By the force of her stylistic virtuosity and psychological precision, Choi gives this worn setup all the nubile energy of a new school year…What makes this so delicious, though, is Choi’s relentless style, the unflagging force of her scrutiny…Few other writers alive today make their sentences work so hard.”

    Washington Post

  • “Captivating…In intimate, erotic detail, the novel tackles the brutality of love and how an innocuous flirtation can become an all-consuming affair…Through her elegant layering of complex emotions, Choi shows that infatuation can drive even the most sensible person to the brink of self-destruction.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Both erotic and literary, this is a book that fulfills all the promise of a long, hot summer.”

    New York Magazine

  • “A tricky book to categorize. On the one hand, it’s a campus novel…At the same time, this is just the background against which the larger story unfolds. What Choi is after is the elusive territory of experience, the way people and events imprint us when we’re young and then linger, exerting a subtle pressure over how we live our lives.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A scorching hot read…a chaise-lounge literary page-turner par excellence: sexy, smart, well plotted, jammed with observations witty and profound, and so well written it occasionally leaves you gasping.”


  • “Patient with her story, observant with her details, and often mordantly funny in her asides, Choi walks a line in her fiction between Jamesian traditionalism and sociopolitical blade running. My Education, which eschews the burden of presumed topicality, establishes how good a novelist Choi has become.”


  • “As with her previous novels, Choi’s talent resides in her densely layered prose and her slowing down the pace to draw readers into the inner worlds of her characters. The result is a deeply human tale of intentional mistakes, love and lust, and the search for a clearer vision of one’s self.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Dark and stormy…Even as Regina loses her way, though, the narrative never lacks direction. Choi keeps the moments between her characters believable while building momentum toward the illicit lovers’ inevitable falling-out.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With a sharp eye and piercing insights, Choi captures the heady romanticism that infuses a youthful love affair before the responsibilities and realities of adulthood set in. This is a masterful coming-of-age novel.”


  • A Washington Post Notable Book of 2013
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013
  • Winner of the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Fiction
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