The Last Confessions of Sylvia P.: A Novel Audiobook, by Lee Kravetz Play Audiobook Sample

The Last Confessions of Sylvia P.: A Novel Audiobook

The Last Confessions of Sylvia P.: A Novel Audiobook, by Lee Kravetz Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Maggi-Meg Reed, Teri Clark Linden, Karissa Vacker, various narrators Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780063140035

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Longest Chapter Length:

34:09 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

15 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

14:07 minutes

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The Millions Most Anticipated Pick and A GMA March Reads Pick

“Lee Kravetz has created a bit of a miracle, a plot-driven literary puzzle box whose mystery lives in both its winding approach to history and its wonderous story. It’s a book full of ideas about inspiration and a love for language that translates across borders, physical and generational.”—Adam Johnson, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Orphan Master's Son

“Captivating . . . . Part truth, part fiction, the novel is an ingenious addition to an ever-growing body of work about Plath that has helped make her an American literary icon.”—Washington Post

Blending past and present, and told through three unique interwoven narratives that build on one another, a daring and brilliant debut novel that reimagines a chapter in the life of Sylvia Plath, telling the story behind the creation of her classic semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar.

A seductive literary mystery and mutigenerational story inspired by true events, The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. imaginatively brings into focus the period of promise and tragedy that marked the writing of Sylvia Plath’s modern classic The Bell Jar. Lee Kravetz uses a prismatic narrative formed from three distinct fictional perspectives to bring Plath to life—that of her psychiatrist, a rival poet, and years later, a curator of antiquities.  

Estee, a seasoned curator for a small Massachusetts auction house, makes an astonishing find: the original manuscript of Sylvia Plath’s semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, written by hand in her journals fifty-five years earlier. Vetting the document, Estee will discover she’s connected to Plath’s legacy in an unexpected way. 

Plath’s psychiatrist, Dr. Ruth Barnhouse, treats Plath during the dark days she spends at McLean Hospital following a suicide attempt, and eventually helps set the talented poet and writer on a path toward literary greatness.  

Poet Boston Rhodes, a malicious literary rival, pushes Plath to write about her experiences at McLean, tipping her into a fatal spiral of madness and ultimately forging her legacy.   

Like Michael Cunningham’s The Hours, Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife, and Theresa Anne Fowler’s Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. bridges fact and fiction to imagine the life of a revered writer. Suspenseful and beautifully written, Kravetz’s masterful literary novel is a hugely appealing read.

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“This historical fiction…is wonderfully performed…Reed’s cultured tone provides Estee with intelligence and dignity. Vacker’s voice drips poisonously as Boston Rhodes…[and] Linden’s Dr. Barnhouse is forward-thinking, determined, and sympathetic. Well-written and well-read, this is choice listening. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • “A truly satisfying page-turner.”

    — Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Kravetz makes good use of history’s rich material to spin a captivating story about some of the art world’s most notorious writers and thinkers.”

    — San Francisco Chronicle
  • “A compelling literary mystery that explores the creation of poet Sylvia Plath’s only novel…The author brings his characters, both imagined and historical, to life with sensitivity.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “An engrossing fiction…account of Sylvia Plath and her circle of confessional poets…The author creates a taut air of tension to the auction house…Kravetz brings both authority and empathy to his depictions of mental illness. He also reveals himself to be a fine novelist.”

    — Publishers Weekly


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About Lee Kravetz

Lee Kravetz teaches fiction and nonfiction at San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, has lectured at Stanford University’s Wallace Stenger Fellowship Program and UC Berkeley’s Creative Writing Program, and is cofounder of the Lit Camp Writers Conference with collaborators Jonathan Lethem, Adam Johnson, Andrew Sean Greer, and Janis Cooke Newman. The author of two nonfiction books, Supersurvivors (with David B. Feldman) and Strange Contagion, Kravetz has written for the New York Times, New York magazine, and the Atlantic, and for PBS, including Frontline and Sesame Street. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and children.

About the Narrators

Maggi-Meg Reed has performed as an actress and singer both on and off-Broadway. She is a narrator of many popular audiobooks, including A Very Long Engagement and The Time Traveler’s Wife. She is the winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Teri Clark Linden is a professional stage, screen, and voice-over actress with years of industry experience. She received her BA in theater from Chicago’s Roosevelt University and has been seen along side Laverne & Shirley star Cindy Williams in Kong’s Night Out at Meadow Brook Theatre. Appearances in film include Jack Reacher with Tom Cruise, Won’t Back Down with Viola Davis, and Super 8.

Karissa Vacker is a multiple AudioFile Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator and actress. After graduating with a BFA in acting from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, she performed in regional theaters across the country before moving to Los Angeles. She has guest starred in network television shows and films and continues to work on screen and stage. Her audiobook credits include romance, young adult fiction, and mystery thrillers.

Jim Meskimen is a stage, film, and television actor who has appeared in many well-known movies and television shows. He acted in Apollo 13 and Frost/Nixon for director Ron Howard, both of which were nominated for Best Picture Oscars. His television appearances include The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Friends, Lie to Me, Criminal Minds, and Parks and Recreation. He is also a painter, award-winning audiobook narrator, and audiobook director for Galaxy Audio.