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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (325 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gail Godwin Narrator: Stephanie Zimbalist Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Here at last is the eagerly awaited new novel from New York Times bestselling author Gail Godwin. Queen of the Underworld is sweeping and sultry literary fiction, featuring a memorable young heroine and engaging characters whose intimate dramas interconnect with hers. 
In the summer of 1959, as Castro clamps down on Cuba and its first wave of exiles flees to the States to wait out what they hope to be his short-lived reign, Emma Gant, fresh out of college, begins her career as a reporter. Her fierce ambition and belief in herself are set against the stories swirling around her, both at the newspaper office and in her downtown Miami hotel, which is filling up with refugees. 
Emma’s avid curiosity about life thrives amid the tropical charms and intrigues of Miami. While toiling at the news desk, she plans the fictional stories she will write in her spare time. She spends her nights getting to know the Cuban families in her hotel–and rendezvousing with her married lover, Paul Nightingale, owner of a private Miami Beach club. 
As Emma experiences the historical events enveloping the city, she trains her perceptive eye on the people surrounding her: a newfound Cuban friend who joins the covert anti-Castro training brigade, a gambling racketeer who poses a grave threat to Paul, and a former madam, still in her twenties, who becomes both Emma’s obsession and her alter ego. Emma’s life, like a complicated dance that keeps sweeping her off her balance, is suddenly filled with divided loyalties, shady dealings, romantic and professional setbacks, and, throughout, her adamant determination to avoid “usurpation” by others and remain the protagonist of her own quest. Download and start listening now!


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jim | 2/19/2014

    " This was not a great book, though not bad either, about a UNC grad going to Miami as a reporter. It just wasn't a stong, or entirely believable, story. Maybe I just didn't like the protagonist. I did enjoy the Cuban refugees. I hear that Godwin is a good author, and I will give her another chance sometime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Natalie | 2/18/2014

    " This was a book I just got off the staff-pick shelf when none of my 'hold books' had come in to the library. I liked the characters a lot and the setting was interesting but I felt it lacked direction and plot. The ending was unsatisfying and ho-hum. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Barb | 2/2/2014

    " I felt like I was reading a cartoon - Brenda Starr! Cub Reporter! If it wasn't a book group pick I would have put it down like I did the first time I picked it up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Shana Nichols | 1/28/2014

    " Enjoyed the historical context - Miami, Cuba - but what happened to the ending? "

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