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Author: Lisa Locascio Narrator: Stina Nielsen, Veronica Paulton Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2019 ISBN: 9781721336005
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“Locascio’s story of a young American abroad is unflinching in its portrayal of sex, desire, racism, and the excitement and confusion of youth. Infused with erotics and politics, this is a novel that will haunt you.”―Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer

Roxana Olsen has always dreamed of going to Paris, and after high school graduation finally plans to travel there on a study abroad program―a welcome reprieve from the bruising fallout of her parents’ divorce. But a logistical mix-up brings Roxana to Copenhagen instead, where she’s picked up at the airport by Søren, a twenty-eight year old guide who is meant to be her steward. Instantly drawn to one another, Roxana and Søren’s relationship turns romantic, and when he asks Roxana to accompany him to a small coastal town for the rest of the summer, she doesn’t hesitate to accept. There, Roxana’s world narrows and expands as she experiences fantasy, ritual, and the pleasures of her body, a thrilling realm of erotic and domestic bliss. Seduced by this newfound connection, Roxana doesn’t object when Søren requests that she spend her days alone in the apartment while he goes to the library to work.

As their relationship deepens, Søren’s temperament darkens, and Roxana finds herself increasingly drawn to a local outsider, Zlatan, whom she learns is a Muslim refugee from the Bosnian War. The cycle of awakenings sparked by these two relationships challenge and open Roxana in ways she never imagined.

A coming-of-age like no other, from a magnetic new voice in fiction, Open Me is a daringly original and darkly compelling portrait of a young woman discovering her power, her sex, and her voice; and a propulsive exploration of estrangement and what it means to belong.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hypnotic…thrillingly naughty and politically germane.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Locascio captures, frankly but lyrically, the heroine’s intense hunger to master her own body and the new world around her.”

    New Yorker

  • “Explodes clichés of female sexuality. On sex and love it feels transgressive.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
  • An O Magazine Pick of Ten Titles to Pick Up Now
  • An Elle Magazine Pick of Best Books to Read This Summer
  • A Refinery29 Pick of Sexiest Books You'll Ever Read
  • A Bustle Pick of 16 New Books
  • A Library Journal Editor’s Pick of Powerful Debuts

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About the Author

Lisa Locascio is the author of the novel Open Me. Her work has been published in the Believer, Salon, n+1, Bookforum, Tin House, American Short Fiction, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She is co-publisher of Joyland and editor of 7x7LA.

About the Narrator

Stina Nielsen is an actress and audiobook narrator. Her reading of Kevin Henke’s Junonia earned her a 2011 Best Voice from AudioFile magazine. She is the winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards.