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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (245 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leslie Jamison Narrator: Carly Seward Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN:
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In the beginning there was Tilly: fabulous and free, outrageous and untamable, vulnerable and terrified. As a young woman, she flees home for the hollow neon underworld of Nevada, looking for pure souls and finding nothing but bad habits. Decades later, after eventually drinking herself to the brink of death, her niece shows up on the doorstep of her dusty trailer. Stella has been leading her own life of empty promise in New York City.

,p> When her dying grandmother confesses the truth about Tilly, her runaway daughter, Stella decides to give up the vast and penetrating loneliness of the city to find this lost woman the family had never mentioned.

The Gin Closet unravels the strange and powerful intimacy that forms between Tilly and Stella as they move to San Francisco to make a home with Abe, Tilly's overworked and elusive son, forming a fragile triangle that eventually breaks under its own weight. With Leslie Jamison's uncanny ear for dialogue and witty, unflinching candor about sex, love and power, The Gin Closet marks the debut of a stunning new talent in fiction.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 2/9/2014

    " I dunno, alcohol is not my drug of choice, I can't relate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/26/2014

    " i was fascinated with this book as the author is only 26. she is a brilliant writer, her language is supburb. subject matter sometimes difficult, anorexia, alcholism, dysfunction, prostitution, drugs, it seems to have it all. kept my interest from the first page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stormye Hendrix | 1/21/2014

    " Heartbreaking. Poetic. A devastatingly accurate examination of the binds of family in the face of addicion. Loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 1/19/2014

    " Ugh, I really really really should have stopped reading this book about page 50, when the thought first occurred to me! Gloomy and depressing, and that was before (SPOILER ALERT!) the main character's suicide in the final pages. Next time I say I'm going to quit reading a book, I'm going to quit reading. There are way too many good books out there to stick with a bad or even mediocre one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/16/2014

    " Dark, depressing but compelling "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/2/2014

    " I read this in one day. Commendable writing on the manifestations of sadness. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcia A | 12/12/2013

    " Not a good story, too much alcoholism and low life for me: the worse was the disputed usage of "alright" throughout the book. I wanted to see "all right" and am very disappointed in both the author and editor for this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia Geller | 12/6/2013

    " Writes well but the novel was so depressing I loathed to pick it up each time I did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 11/21/2013

    " Good read. I would recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 9/14/2013

    " I found this book interesting enough to finish, but not compelling enough to recommend. I liked the unpredictability of the story: I never knew where it was going. I became confused many times, though, trying to keep the minor characters straight. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristin | 8/29/2013

    " The drama. Oh the drama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 7/8/2013

    " Rather unique literary chick lit that delves into families & flawed female psyches that deserves appreciation, but...ugh, what a downer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlie | 5/24/2013

    " Very good. Raw and fascinating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shay | 4/12/2013

    " Sad and ultimately unsatisfying for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 10/29/2012

    " Interesting, but kind of felt like parts were missing. I do love that there is no happy ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lola425 | 10/18/2012

    " Sad & depressing in a lot of ways, but shimmers of hope throughout. You just want Matilda to succeed, at times I ached for it, especially considering the circumstances in which she is found. Recommend. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deedee | 7/9/2011

    " This book was depressing. I usually don't mind some of that, but this was too much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tressa Brown | 4/22/2011

    " I learned that you can't help people who won't try to help themselves and that for some people helping others is really about helping themselves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 4/14/2011

    " A powerful story about a woman gradually killing herself through her alcohol addiction and those who love her. Despite the depressing topic, the prose made it easy to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 3/28/2011

    " Damn you Leslie Jamison for being so young & writing such a damn good heartbreaking book. I can't even review this shit without spoiling it & spazzing out. A contemporary must-read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 2/7/2011

    " wow, I've never read such a richly detailed description of the allures and sensations of alcohol to an alcoholic. I can't imagine how this author has been able to write about her character without having been an alcoholic herself? I found this book well written and so so sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 12/9/2010

    " I read this in one day. Commendable writing on the manifestations of sadness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 9/7/2010

    " A powerful story about a woman gradually killing herself through her alcohol addiction and those who love her. Despite the depressing topic, the prose made it easy to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 8/15/2010

    " Writes well but the novel was so depressing I loathed to pick it up each time I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SL | 6/18/2010

    " Total impulse read, and I loved it. Great concise, taut style, wonderful language. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tressa | 6/7/2010

    " I learned that you can't help people who won't try to help themselves and that for some people helping others is really about helping themselves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 5/28/2010

    " I found this book interesting enough to finish, but not compelling enough to recommend. I liked the unpredictability of the story: I never knew where it was going. I became confused many times, though, trying to keep the minor characters straight. "

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About the Author
Author Leslie Jamison

Leslie Jamison was born in Washington DC and grew up in Los Angeles. She has attended Harvard University, Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and Yale University. Her novel, The Gin Closet, was a Los Angeles Times First Fiction Prize finalist and San Francisco Chronicle notable book of 2010. Jamison’s New York Times bestselling essay collection, The Empathy Exams, was named a New York Times Notable Book and a “Best Book” by NPR. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and the Oxford American, among others, and she is a columnist for the New York Times Book Review. She teaches at Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn with her family.