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3.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 5 3.17 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alison McGhee Narrator: Christina Moore Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9781461811428
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A young girl forms an unforgettable friendship with an elderly neighbor while searching for answers about her family’s past in this national bestseller and Pulitzer Prize nominee.

Eleven-year-old Clara is struggling to find the truth about her missing father and grandfather and her twin sister, dead at birth, but her mother steadfastly refuses to talk about these people who are lost to her daughter. When Clara begins interviewing Georg Kominsky, a lone old man, for a school biography assignment, she finds that he is equally reticent about his own concealed history. Precocious and imaginative, the girl invents version upon version of Mr. Kominsky’s past, just as she invents lives for the people missing from her own shadowy past.

The journey of discovery that these two oddly matched people embark upon is at the heart of this beautiful story about friendship and communion, about discovering what matters most in life, and about the search to find the missing pieces of ourselves. McGhee’s prose glistens with shrewd truth and wild imaginings, creating a novel that will reverberate in the hearts and minds of readers long after the book is finished.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 marg | 2/20/2014

    " This was fabulous - beautifully written, very likable narrator, a smart book with a nice message - I would recommend for teens but can def be enjoyed by adults - about a girl who interviews a random old man for a project and the lessons she learns - sounds trite but was actually very fresh. Khaya, a good one for Yael, am thinking of giving it to my students. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Dileonardo | 2/14/2014

    " Engaging but didn't really go anywhere... Glad it was a short read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jonnelle Legault | 2/9/2014

    " Impossible to read. This book got you know where in the first 3/4 so I couldn't even finish it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angel | 1/30/2014

    " Slow going. I kept reading to see if anything eventful would happen.......it didn't. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/28/2014

    " I LOVED this book the story of Clara winters was fascinating and kept me reading! While she did not speak like an 11 year old would, this was not a concern with her wit and clever ideas - her discussion on language was adorable and her friendship with the old man was beautiful. I live her reason for not writing book reports, she would hate my review! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keri | 1/26/2014

    " The main character is a 11 yrs old girl who can be pretty annoying. The book bugged me in the beginning as it was one made up story right after another about her birth and the life of her friend, the old man. I kept reading it because it's our book-club book this month. By the end though, I enjoyed how it all came together. It kept me turning pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Kushner | 1/15/2014

    " This is a wonderful book. The prose is beautiful, the story honest. It is the work of a writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karol Sacca | 1/15/2014

    " Her fake book reports are priceless "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 1/6/2014

    " Weird. I'm not sure what I was supposed to take away from this odd little number. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/6/2014

    " This was a refreshing style of writing, I really enjoyed this departure from adulthood back to the adventure of seeing the world through an 11 year old's eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 12/26/2013

    " The author doesn't insult our intelligence by spelling out every character's emotions, but shows us the depth of that emotion instead. She also shows us the strength humans are capable of, despite life's inevitable sorrows. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Hlavka | 12/25/2013

    " Excellent first person....child's perspective of her life and what is going on around her. Excellent development of a relationsionship between elderly man and child. Reinforced for me the importance of generational interactions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise Merkel | 12/23/2013

    " Weird. I don't know what I was supposed to take away from this little number. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheri | 12/16/2013

    " Is it better to know the truth or imagine the truth? That's Clara's dilema in this book. She is a precocious 11 year old, with a million questions about her past. I think the book does a pretty good job of answering most of them. I would recommend this book for a quick, interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 12/5/2013

    " A very different book. I liked it, though I don't know why. Intriguing. I'm curious to read the others by this author. I've heard that she has books that deal with the same characters in this book but told through their eyes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachael | 11/28/2013

    " Good Night! I hated this book! The little girl, the narrator was so annoying! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Lamers | 11/17/2013

    " Readers of _The Secret Life of Bees_ may like this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 7/3/2013

    " Such a wonderful narrator. Clara is 11 - 12 years old and interviews an old man for her school project and learns about herself and mysteries surrounding her own life. She fabricates stories and creates other lives (made up lives)for people she knows. I just love this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Tincher | 5/28/2013

    " I saw Alison McGhee speak at the Book Blast at the Open Book Center in Minneaplis last month. This book had a sparse feel to it but the emotions rang very true. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/21/2013

    " I was annoyed by Clara winter as often as I was charmed by her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 11/16/2012

    " Teenage read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 10/19/2012

    " was an okay book but it took me forever to get through it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marcia | 8/9/2012

    " Too boring....didn't care for the main character. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angie Gilbert | 7/30/2012

    " Sounded good, not good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/24/2012

    " An eleven year old girl who loves words, language, reading and stories but she doesn't know her own story. She narrates but you are never sure...is this the true story or a devised story? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 2/13/2012

    " This book had some nicely written parts, but overall it felt like it was trying too hard and I didn't really believe Clara as an 11-year-old girl or even like her that much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denidevine | 12/15/2011

    " I love the girl who narrates this story. This author writes beautiful stories that make me cry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 7/13/2011

    " Clara Winter is a marvelous character, a self-described word-person who attracts words such as ingenuous, immerse, and veritable. This unique youngster confronts tragedy head on with resilience and determination. The book exudes hope without explicitly mentioning it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabethjardine | 5/29/2011

    " okay - she is a lovely writer whose "rainlight" was one of my favorite books. this is a well done story of a pretty cool young female character. but it just didn't knock me out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruthie | 5/28/2011

    " People either love or hate this book. I loved it. loved the writing, loved all the odd, quirky characters, loved their stories. Even loved the "unreliable narrator" which I usually hate. I interesting to see what "other people who read this book also read..." Quick read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizzie | 3/29/2011

    " About a young girl's friendship with an elderly neighbor. She's obsessed by reading and stories and is very likable. Nice.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 1/8/2011

    " Weird. I don't know what I was supposed to take away from this little number. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 12/30/2010

    " Weird. I'm not sure what I was supposed to take away from this odd little number. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hannah Jane | 11/5/2010

    " This has to be the most irritating book I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 7/13/2010

    " The author doesn't insult our intelligence by spelling out every character's emotions, but shows us the depth of that emotion instead. She also shows us the strength humans are capable of, despite life's inevitable sorrows. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 6/27/2010

    " On Goodreads, people either loved or hated this book. It's written from the point of view of an 11-year old who tends to make up stories, so you can get confused. But the relationship she has with an older neighbor is interesting. Worth a try. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 5/26/2010

    " I listened to the audio version of this book and loved it. The reader was very talented and had the perfect soft voice for this story. The story was poignant and touching, kind of bittersweet. "Read" it about ten years ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris | 4/14/2010

    " I loved this book...it is a very quick read. Very sad a times, but you will fall in love with young Clare...she creates such a vivid character and she is so clever, it will make you smile...at times I laughed out loud. (and silently cried, also) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheri | 4/13/2010

    " Is it better to know the truth or imagine the truth? That's Clara's dilema in this book. She is a precocious 11 year old, with a million questions about her past. I think the book does a pretty good job of answering most of them. I would recommend this book for a quick, interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 4/5/2010

    " Picked this up on the cheap, couldn't put it down! Ms. McGhee really gets inside the mind and heart of a precocious 11-year old trying to figure out the mysteries of life, love, family, and her personal history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 3/27/2010

    " I saw Alison McGhee speak at the Book Blast at the Open Book Center in Minneaplis last month. This book had a sparse feel to it but the emotions rang very true. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachael | 10/15/2009

    " Good Night! I hated this book! The little girl, the narrator was so annoying! "

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About the Author
Author Alison McGhee

Alison McGhee is a Pulitzer Prize nominee and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. She writes for all ages and in all forms, from poetry and stories to novels, picture books, and essays, and her books are popular with critics and readers alike. Her novel Shadow Baby was a Today Show Book Club pick, and her picture book Someday was featured on NPR.

About the Narrator

Christina Moore is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator who has garnered eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she is best known for her roles in the television series That ’70s Show, Hawthorne, and 90210. She is a founding member of Bitches Funny, an all-female sketch group that has performed in New York City and Los Angeles for the past five years.