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3.61 out of 53.61 out of 53.61 out of 53.61 out of 53.61 out of 5 3.61 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dori Ostermiller Narrator: Johanna Parker Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9781449867638
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Sylvia Sandon always swore she wouldn’t become her mother. But one August morning she finds herself walking the same path as the fervently religious yet faithless Elaine…into an affair she feels powerless to resist.

Against the backdrop of California brush fires in the 1970s, twelve-year-old Sylvia had agreed to hold a secret that would devour her family’s dream of happiness. Now struggling to create a better life in small-town New England, Sylvia nonetheless feels caught in the coils of history: she confronts the embers of her dying marriage, the all-consuming needs of her two daughters and her faltering artistic career. Then Tai Rosen—the father of a student—ignites an unexpected passion and a familiar betrayal that could illuminate the past, even as it jeopardizes everything dear.

Outside the Ordinary World reveals what lies beneath the surface of infidelity. But at its heart, it is the story of the powerful, sometimes disturbing bond between mothers and daughters, and the shimmering line between self-revelation and self-destruction.

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  • An astonishingly moving and complex novel. Boston Globe

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eleanor Jethro | 2/14/2014

    " I thought this book might be very good. I just could not get into it. I found myself turning the page hoping that it would get better. I do not like books that go back and forth between the past and the present, and this book did just that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Kelly | 1/26/2014

    " This book keeps coming back to me time and time again. I daydream and I come back to her writing, or snippets of a moment where it felt like I was living Ms. Ostermiller's characters. It felt real, authentic, and deeply motivated by real experience. I want to write like Ostermiller and am deeply hopeful that her next story comes out soon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 1/19/2014

    " Sylvia has much to remember growing up with her sister and parents: a dysfunctional family where the daughters must keep information about thier mother's ongoing affair from their father. As her memories from then are alternated with her present life-we find that perhaps the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I really had to trudge through this book. The pace didn't agree with me; it was slow and overly in-depth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandi Atkins | 1/17/2014

    " This is an easy read with a subject matter that is frustrating. But the mystery and good character development keep you very well engaged, I read the book in a few nights. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherman | 1/12/2014

    " A good read by a first time novelist about mothers and daughters and the cycle of life. A daughter swears she will never repeat the mistakes her mother made but finds she is doing exactly that in her own marriage. Well written and an author to look forward to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Culbertson | 12/22/2013

    " Enjoyed it very much, though a bit predictable at times, but still enjoyable, good book for the beach or a camping trip. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Jarvis | 12/17/2013

    " Great easy read. Touches on the all the realities that are faced in marrige, parenting and understanding of family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Carty Lepri | 12/17/2013

    " A thought provoking tale that spans four generations of mothers and daughters involving dysfunctional family life and adultery. This book will have the reader thinking about what it most important in life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 11/24/2013

    " Far and away the most beautifully written novel I've ever read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 10/22/2013

    " 3.5 stars would be a better rating. It was a very interesting book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 6/4/2013

    " I was ready to quit reading this book right in the middle. I was mad at her and her handling her affair, but as I read further things started happening to keep me interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Horner | 5/29/2013

    " A little slow at first....interesting story line...the connection between our past and present the author really makes you think about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemaryknits | 5/5/2013

    " Beautifully written, awesome insights into the complicated business of life and love. The author does a good job of breathing life into her characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 2/15/2013

    " UGH...again, a book with a good premise but then started reading like a romance novel. UGH UGH UGH "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jinni | 12/17/2012

    " Can't stop recommending this book. Amazing the way this author puts beautiful story, characters and language together without letting you go. One reviewer said, "...it will make you want to grab those you love and hold them close." And, by the first few chapters, I did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 2/20/2012

    " Good themes on cheating "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 6/14/2011

    " Generational book about marriage and what we learn from our parents about how to deal with difficulty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandi | 4/9/2011

    " This is an easy read with a subject matter that is frustrating. But the mystery and good character development keep you very well engaged, I read the book in a few nights. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharone | 4/8/2011

    " The book has interesting views, but then some slow spots as well. I wasn't a huge fan, but quite a few of my book club members enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 3/26/2011

    " starts out a bit strange, but really enjoyed the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 3/16/2011

    " This book was so well written. I loved the author's use of language. I really couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/13/2011

    " A good book- really makes you think about the power of being a parent and the burdens we place on our kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 2/3/2011

    " Great easy read. Touches on the all the realities that are faced in marrige, parenting and understanding of family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/24/2011

    " This was a good book, but not a great book. I enjoyed it, but I wasn’t overly eager to get back to it each day. It was well written, but difficult to read at times due to the subject matter. Ultimately, it wasn’t really my type of book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/11/2011

    " I hated this book until just past the half way mark, then it was pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jendi | 1/11/2011

    " Beautifully written, insightful. At first I was too frustrated that an intelligent, artistic woman like the protagonist couldn't find a more meaningful way to process her traumatic childhood than having an affair. As I learned more, her self-destructiveness made sense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniella | 12/26/2010

    " Ms Ostermiller has landed herself firmly in the women's fiction category. We'll see great things from her, no doubt. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gisela | 12/26/2010

    " Just purchased on my new NOOK!
    Ho Hum and fairly predictable... "

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About the Author
Author Dori Ostermiller

Dori Ostermiller was born in Los Angeles as a fifth-generation Californian. In her early twenties, she abandoned her path as a premed student to pursue an MFA in writing at the University of Massachusetts. Since then, her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Calliope, Bellingham Review, Roanoke Review, Aura, Alligator Juniper, Chautauqua Literary Journal, and the Massachusetts Review. She is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist’s Grant and a Tobias Wolf Fiction Award and is the founder of Writers in Progress, a literary arts center in Western Massachusetts. She lives in Northampton with her husband and children.

About the Narrator

Johanna Parker is an Audie and Earphone Award–winning actress living and working in San Francisco. Since narrating her first audiobook in 2002, she has received praise for her work in all genres, including her portrayal of Sookie Stackhouse in Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire books. She received her BFA in acting from Boston University and studied Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She has performed on stages in London, Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York and has numerous film and television credits. As a voice-over actress, she has voiced commercials, video games, documentaries, and websites.