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Author: Deborah Levy Narrator: Henrietta Meire Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2018 ISBN: 9781684413690
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To strip the wallpaper off the fairy tale of The Family House in which the comfort and happiness of men and children has been the priority is to find behind it an unthanked, unloved, neglected, exhausted woman.

The Cost of Living explores the subtle erasure of women's names, spaces, and stories in the modern everyday. In this "living autobiography" infused with warmth and humor, Deborah Levy critiques the roles that society assigns to us and reflects on the politics of breaking with the usual gendered rituals. What does it cost a woman to unsettle old boundaries and collapse the social hierarchies that make her a minor character in a world not arranged to her advantage?

Levy draws on her own experience of attempting to live with pleasure, value, and meaning—the making of a new kind of family home, the challenges of her mother's death—and those of women she meets in everyday life, from a young female traveler reading in a bar who suppresses her own words while she deflects an older man's advances, to a particularly brilliant student, to a kindly and ruthless octogenarian bookseller who offers the author a place to write at a difficult time in her life. The Cost of Living is urgent, essential reading, a crystalline manifesto for turbulent times. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Thoughtful dissections of life as a woman.”

    Elle

  • “An eloquent manifesto for what Levy calls ‘a new way of living’ in the post-familial world.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “The Cost of Living refers to the price a woman has to pay for unmaking the home she no longer feels at home in. In Levy’s case, this radical act of erasure inaugurates a quest for a new life that is inseparable from the writing of a new narrative.”

    Irish Times

  • "[A] beautiful yet damning indictment of how our culture effaces women’s creative voices, both directly and insidiously.”

    Library Journal

  • An Elle Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2018
  • A Literary Hub Pick

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About the Author

Deborah Levy is the author of seven novels and two volumes of memoir. Both Swimming Home and Hot Milk were shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her short story collection, Black Vodka, was nominated for the International Frank O’Connor short-story award and was broadcast on BBC Radio 4, as were her acclaimed dramatizations of Freud’s iconic case studies, Dora and The Wolfman. She has written for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and her pioneering theater writing is collected in Levy: Plays 1. She is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature.

About the Narrator

Henrietta Meire is a full-time voice-over artist and actress. In addition to narrating audiobooks, she has voiced numerous commercial and charity campaigns, as well as video game and animation characters. As an actress, she has appeared on stage, on television, and in a number of popular films.