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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (446 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.