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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (506 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ursula Hegi Narrator: Annabella Sciorra, Bobby Cannavale, Mercedes Rueh Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The bestselling author of Stones From the River delivers her most ambitious and dramatic novel yet -- the unforgettable story of an endearing, but flawed, Italian American family.

In December 1953 Anthony Amedeo's world is nested in his Bronx neighborhood, his parent's Studebaker, the Paradise Theater, Yankee Stadium -- and in his imaginatin, where he longs for a stencil kit to decorate the windows like all the other kids on his street. Instead, he gets a very different present: his uncle Malcolm's family.

Malcolm is in jail for stealing -- once again -- from his latest new job, and Anthony's aunt and twin cousins settle into the Amedeos' fifth floor walk-up. Sharing a room with girls is excruciating for Anthony, despite his affinity for the twins. But the real change in Anthony's life comes one evening when he causes the unthinkable to happen, changing each family member's life forever.

Evoking all the plenty and optimism of postwar America, Sacred Time spans three generations, taking us from the Bronx of the 1950s to contemporary Brooklyn. Keenly observing the dark side of family -- and its gracefulness -- Hegi has outdone herself with this captivating novel about childhood's tenderness and the landscape of loneliness.

Hegi reveals how the transforming power of a singular event can reverberate through a family for generations. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Sacred Time offers its own version of hope in the face of despair, of truth in a new era of secrecy and evasion.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Hegi deftly explores the subtle, unexpected ways in which people are undone in the wake of tragedy and the self destructive impulses to which they yield out of helplessness.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • Sacred Time is an ambitious piece of writing.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Hegi...vividly evokes the Italian-American community of the Bronx, and readers will recognize her skill at capturing the complex dynamics of large families.” 

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bobbi | 2/11/2014

    " Seven-year-old Anthony Amedeo's comfortable life with his caterer father, Victor, and his mother, Leonora, is disrupted when his ne'er-do-well Uncle Malcolm goes "elsewhere" (a family euphemism for prison) and his Aunt Floria moves into the Amedeo apartment with her eight-year-old twin daughters. They arrive just before Christmas 1953, and soon afterwards, one of the twins plunges to her death from an open window. The tragedy will define the lives of everyone in the two families and change them as surely as their Bronx is changing. Even before the accident, trouble was brewing. Leonora, aware that her husband is having an affair, considers divorce and dallies with a much younger man, but reluctantly allows her philandering husband to return. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mel | 2/4/2014

    " This book starts out in the 1950's and goes to present. It was a short and interesting read though the plot was a bit weak compared to Stones from the River. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Julie | 1/25/2014

    " I picked this up from the library when I had about 2 minutes to find a book. Since I had loved Stones from the River, I figured I was safe with Ursula Hegi. It wasn't until I got home and had time to open it that I realized I had already read it about 8 years ago. I have carried a memory of this book (a particular scene/revelation) with me all these years, but could never remember the name of the book. Unfortunately, it wasn't a good memory--more of a that-was-really-annoying memory. So, I won't be re-reading this one. Meh. Back to the library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Garlan | 1/20/2014

    " This was a another great story from Hegi about a family living in the Bronx in the 1950's. Told from several points of view over a span of 40+ years, we're introduced to Anthony, Floria, Leonora and Belinda, as they tell their story about family and what binds us to one another, all the while dealing with tragedy, loss, guilt and forgiveness. Hegi gives each character depth and peronality, but especially Floria and Leonora. I would have given the book 5 stars, but for one section that I didn't care for. Others may find that to be one of the most moving or powerful scenes in the book, but for me, it was too drawn out. A solid 4 1/2 stars. "

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