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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: October 2012 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dawn | 10/21/2013

    " Except for historical context this is a waste of time. There really is no story line. Most characters are not developed enough to remember who your reading about and how they are connected. Really this Novella could have been a short story and been more successful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Breean | 10/6/2013

    " Reminiscent of Olive Kitterage. Good small town saga. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 suzy | 10/5/2013

    " I LOVED this book. I loved the detail and monotony captured through the years for this character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Ryan | 6/17/2013

    " Pretty good for a novel. Fit the bill for a quick plane read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth Lind | 6/2/2013

    " I really wanted to like this book more than I did but I just couldn't identify with the two main characters. Generally, I like quirky characters -- but these two ladies just had an overwhelming sense of sadness about them. Maybe it was just me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie Michelle | 5/21/2013

    " I enjoy Mona's work and I enjoyed this as well "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 3/17/2013

    " Okay, but fairly boring. I hope the next two I read by Simpson are better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allisonv | 2/19/2013

    " I really enjoyed the descriptions of retro Green Bay, WI life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/20/2013

    " This is a deceptively quiet novella, but I found it poignant and profound. Not everyone has a 'happily ever after' turning point in their life. Sometimes you just have to do the best you can with the hand you're dealt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 12/25/2012

    " Why do I keep reading depressing books? Lordy! Writing is a bit simple, characters a bit boring, story ok. Stuck with it cos I thought there'd be some big thought-provoking ending, and was a wee bit disappointed. And depressed. Yes. Depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian | 11/3/2012

    " There's a joke about Middlemarch in this one, as there are in many of Lorrie Moore's novels. Is someone writing an article on the c20th afterlife of George Eliot? They should be, I think. "

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