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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (851 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Bird Narrator: Christina Moore, Jennifer Ikeda Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sarah Bird is acclaimed for her multi-layered novels that are at once hilarious and moving. Here Bird examines “the ever-deepening mysteries of parents and children as they grow up and apart” (Publishers Weekly).

Working single-mother Cam Lightsey is proud to give her daughter Aubrey a chance at a good education. But when Aubrey turns her attention away from college and toward a boy at school, their once solid mother-daughter relationship quickly begins to crumble.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A soulful portrait of that awkward, exhilarating and bittersweet point in a mother’s relationship with her child—the time to let go.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “Humorous and lively…A perceptive if lighthearted depiction of the process of separation from the points of view of a mother and daughter.”

    Columbus Dispatch

  • “Bird’s wit shines through on every page—she’s the kind of author readers all wish they could spend an hour kvetching with over margaritas—but she also has a real knack for eavesdropping on her characters’ inner lives.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • The Gap Year is satire with heart…In this smart novel, love trumps the past and the expected future.”

    Kansas City Star

  • “Wry and funny. Sure to please Bird’s fans.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joan Cornish | 2/16/2014

    " I was so annoyed by the mother in this book that I stopped reading it several times. However her character did evolve. I can't believe that all single mothers are so incredibly intertwined (only on the mothers part) with their daughters. Perhaps it is my old age showing, but didn't this women realoize that daughters grow up and separate from their parents. I have never been divorced but carrying on a hatred for her ex for 16 years seems to be excessive. I do know some people who have done this, but the ex was usually alot more evil. "

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

    " It was an interesting story line. Not one that I remember reading, so I did find it entertaining, but not "Oh what are they doing now, gotta go and find out." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Angela | 2/7/2014

    " Awesome story told from the points of view of a mother and daughter at a transition. Great writing style, engaging plot and likeable characters. Loved this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sivan | 1/30/2014

    " Reinforced my decision to not reproduce. "

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About the Author
Author Sarah Bird

Sarah Bird is the author of several novels. She is a columnist for the Texas Monthly and has written for the New York Times; Chicago Tribune; O, The Oprah Magazine; Glamour; and Mademoiselle, among other publications. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, George, and son, Gabriel.