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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (164 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mona Simpson Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From Anywhere But Here (a first novel that prompted Anne Tyler to proclaim, She is already a master) to A Regular Guy (What a pleasure, observed Newsweek, to see a successful novelist take a huge chance and fly high with it), Mona Simpson has proven herself one of her generation's defining voices. In each book she has created a memorable cast of searchers who leave home in order to reinvent themselves, to find the missing parent or dream. But in this superb novella - a Pen/Faulkner finalist - Simpson reveals the precise costs and rewards of staying - out of affinity and obligation, out of chance, circumstance, and choice.

In Green Bay, Wisconsin - here vividly realized and imagined - Bea Maxwell comes of age in the 50s, and Off Keck Road follows her extended circle along the arc of their lives, through their frustrations and occasional successes, well toward old age. A story of family and friends, of change and many generations, it gathers itself around this remarkable woman, who discovers much about the world from her experience in the one place she has always belonged.

Mesmerizing, compact, and intense, Off Keck Road reflects fully half a century of American life - and displays a writer at the maturity of her accomplishment.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joan | 1/1/2014

    " Liked it much better than My Hollywood. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Gail | 12/26/2013

    " I got to page 20 and threw in the towel. I could not get into this book, and I think the effort required to do so is due to poor writing as opposed to any kind of strange post-modern meta stuff. Flat, uniform, indistinguishable characters. A dreary bore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ashley | 12/7/2013

    " Reminded me a bit of Anne Tyler, but set in small-town Wisconsin, rather than Baltimore. Mona Simpson does a great job of identifying those moments in a life where a crossroads occurs (some minor gesture or statement discourages or encourages a relationship or event) and pointing them out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nina | 10/27/2013

    " I identified a lot with the characters in this book... still not sure if this is a good or bad thing. "

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