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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (151 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jenn Crowell Narrator: Sheila Hart Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN:
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When British artist Bill Burgess dies of leukemia, his American wife Gloria is left alone in London with their young son and inconsolable grief.

To help herself come to terms with her sorrow, Gloria delves into lessons from the past and from her own parents' failed relationship. Her father never recovered from the death of his first love, and her mother lived in bitterness at giving up her own ambitions for a man who never loved her. Between her father's clinging despair and her mother's emotional abandonment, Gloria struggles to find a balance for herself and for her young son. Eventually, she discovers ways to reinvent herself and to bring peace to the tumult of life.

Written at the tender age of 17, and an international sensation before publication, Necessary Madness is a lyrical first novel about the many shades of love and loss. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 12/9/2013

    " The author was just 19 when she wrote this book! Amazing depth of emotion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kailee Fogg | 8/1/2013

    " I was so shocked when I found out that a seventeen year old wrote this! I loved it, even though it isn't the kind of thing I usually read. Jenn Crowell is an amazing writer, the develpoment of her characters was brilliant and realistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/14/2013

    " I really loved the prose in this book--beautifully written. The book is about how people deal with challenges, difficult relationships & death. It made me feel so grateful for the gospel, because I don't have to feel hopeless. As a warning, it does have some crude language! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 1/22/2013

    " This book was amazing. Full of passion and heart and insights into the intimacy of love and death. It takes the breath away at times. Hard to belive that this writer Jenn Crowell was only 17 years old when she wrote it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tori | 7/13/2012

    " It is amazing that the author was 17 when she wrote this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 6/1/2012

    " I was amazed by this first novel from a 17 year old. It is well written and and full of emotion I find amazing for a writer of that age. IT is about a woman coming to grips with her husband dying of cancer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucia | 4/25/2012

    " One of the best books I've ever read. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dian | 10/12/2011

    " one of my absolute favorite books, read it a few years ago, and recommend it to YA readers. for a first novel, it was amazing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally Boocock | 5/2/2011

    " What an amazing book to be written by a seventeen year old. I hope she writes more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Getty | 5/1/2011

    " I actually taught and coached in Dallastown when Jenn wrote this novel. She wrote the entire thing from sophomore to senior year in her study halls. True story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/15/2011

    " I really loved the prose in this book--beautifully written. The book is about how people deal with challenges, difficult relationships & death. It made me feel so grateful for the gospel, because I don't have to feel hopeless. As a warning, it does have some crude language! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dian | 3/31/2011

    " one of my absolute favorite books, read it a few years ago, and recommend it to YA readers. for a first novel, it was amazing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 7/23/2010

    " What an amazing book to be written by a seventeen year old. I hope she writes more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 8/22/2008

    " The author was just 19 when she wrote this book! Amazing depth of emotion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 5/6/2008

    " The novel is the story of 30-year-old Gloria Burgess coming to grips with the premature death from cancer of a beloved husband.
    Well written, I was astonished at the age of the writer--18yo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 8/30/2007

    " I was amazed by this first novel from a 17 year old. It is well written and and full of emotion I find amazing for a writer of that age. IT is about a woman coming to grips with her husband dying of cancer. "

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