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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (78 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amy Hassinger Narrator: Mia Barron Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Told with eloquence, tenderness, and a fearless sensuality, Nina: Adolescence is an unforgettable and utterly compelling debut. At fifteen, Nina is trapped in the net of her parents’ grief over the accidental death of her little brother. Eager to hold the family together, she realizes that her mother’s painting is the only way to rescue her from the brink of despair. At Nina’s urging, her mother returns to the studio, where she begins a series of nude portraits of her remaining child-paintings that will chronicle the slow unfolding of a girl’s body into a woman’s.The novel examines the central questions of adolescence, sexuality and identity, as well as raises questions about the limits of artistic freedom, and tenuous balance between serving oneself and serving the other in intimate relationships. It will be engaging reading for anyone who’s gone through the pain and joy of growing up. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “There’s…a sly sensuality to Hassinger’s prose, and her attention to Nina’s body can be as loving as it can be ominous…a truly penetrating book…The novel surges forward like a quiet thriller, with Nina at the center, nakedly vulnerable to the forces of grief, neglect, and abuse.”


  • “Hassinger’s lovely first novel is elegant, sad, often funny, often unsettling. She writes with such precision and understanding, with mercy but unsparingly, about adolescence, its wonder, horrors, passions—sexuality, family ties, and friendship—that, like all excellent portraits, it is not only about the subject of the portraits themselves, but also about the viewers.”

    Elizabeth McCracken, author of An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination

  • “Eerily seductive…Hassinger perfectly captures the guilt and thirst for affection that compels Nina to pose nude and, eventually, to attend an art exhibit featuring her own adolescent body. Barron’s vocal talents shine her, as well. Though she narrates the story in soft, muted tones, her voice takes on all the uncertainty and rebelliousness of youth…Barron’s skilled, sensitive telling nicely compliments [Hassinger’s] expressive prose, making this an exceptional audio adaptation.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Hassinger makes Nina’s loss of innocence and plunge into self-destruction chillingly believable. Her graceful, observant prose beautifully captures Nina’s inner world—her guilt, yearning, anger, desire, and joy—while ruthlessly skewering the narcissism of ambitious adults. An unsettling and acutely sensitive debut.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kaylani | 6/11/2013

    " Poignant. A tale of a truly painful adolescence turning a child into a woman too quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Caitlin | 4/27/2013

    " Another stumbled upon book - at one point in my life I knew the authors brother he was proud and gave me a copy. A good story about a troubled girl growing up with a fear that she killed her little brother. She turns a little self deprecating and destructive towards the end- gripping "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by E.r.johnhotmail.co.uk | 12/14/2012

    " Strange departure from other teen books. Gripping the whole way through and quite sad at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by James | 2/7/2012

    " Found this at a funky used bookstore in Providence and it was one of those books that looks like I will love it--and I did. Beautiful, real, haunting, jolting, yet quiet. This is the kind of lovely unknown that I devour. "

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