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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (260 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dan Josefson Narrator: Charles Carroll Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Benjamin arrives with his parents for a tour of Roaring Orchards, a therapeutic boarding school tucked away in upstate New York. Suddenly, his parents are gone and Benjamin learns that he is there to stay. Sixteen-years-old and with two failed suicides to his name, Benjamin must navigate his way through a new world of “popped privileges,” “candor meetings,” “morning meds,” and “cartoon brunches”—all run by adults who have yet to really come of age themselves. The only person who comprehends the school’s many rules and rituals is Aubrey, the founder and headmaster. Fragile, brilliant, and prone to rage, he is as likely to use his authority to reward students as to punish them. But when Aubrey falls ill, life at the school begins to unravel. 

Benjamin has no one to rely on but the other students, especially Tidbit, an intriguing but untrustworthy girl with a “self-afflicting personality.” More and more, Benjamin thinks about running away from Roaring Orchards—but he feels an equal need to know just what it is he would be leaving behind.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A bold, funny, mordant, and deeply intelligent debut.”

    David Foster Wallace, author of Infinite Jest

  • “[A] mordant, cockeyed first novel…Boarding-school novels are invariably allegorical, and That’s Not a Feeling is no different; the absurdity of Roaring Orchards is the absurdity of life, compressed onto several rural acres.”

    The New York Times Book Review

  • “Funny at times, and more than a little sad, the book’s form perfectly mirrors Benjamin’s profound sense of dislocation and uncertainty. This is a powerful, haunting look at the alternate universe of an unusual therapeutic community.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “The prose is matter-of-fact, even placid, and studded with perfectly phrased gems, a cool surface to a work that is rich in feeling. A wonderful and noteworthy debut.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Josefson writes vigorously and is well attuned to the upheavals experienced by adolescents.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2012 New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A 2012 Booklist Editors’ Choice

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Genevieve | 2/20/2014

    " This is a sort of antithetical boarding school novel with the institutional feel of Cuckoo's Nest. The fact that I was all over the story and its premise of acute dysfunction is ... vaguely unnerving. On the other hand, there's a nagging and far from enjoyable sense that Benjamin's narrative could take a Lord of the Flies turn, which I suppose it does a bit in the end. That's not a criticism, really. Just an observation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joshua Ledwell | 1/9/2014

    " Unpredictable and engaging. Great believable characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sharon Pelletier | 1/1/2014

    " Dark and funny, very deserving of its David Foster Wallace blurb. The Enfield Tennis Academy of Infinite Jest meets Hogwarts if Voldemort had prevailed in the end. Also a shade of Brideshead - that tone of looking back at something that was overwhelming at the time, at once reliving it and re-evaluating it. Bonus: loved the appendix explaining how Soho Press found it in a slush pile four years after it was written. Ah publishing! Ah serendipity! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kit | 12/23/2013

    " Loved it. Sweet, quirky story of a funky boarding school w. captive kids and bizarre teaching methods. "

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