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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Christensen Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 10, 2018 ISBN: 9781524754990
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The guests on the final voyage of the vintage ocean liner Queen Isabella think they are in for the retro seagoing vacation of a lifetime. They are, but just not the one they were anticipating. A startling novelistic departure from the greatly admired novelist Kate Christensen that plays to all of her strengths -- wit, irony and intimate human understanding chief among them -- while displaying quite a few new ones.

At the invitation of an old friend from the writing wars, Christine Archer, a journalist turned unlikely Maine farmer, is a guest on the last voyage of the vintage luxury cruiser the Queen Isabella from Long Beach to Hawaii. She's heading to the scrap yard in high 50s style, as the theme of the cruise is the indulgent past: classic highballs and dishes (Manhattans, Oysters Rockefeller), sophisticated jazz and cabaret, even smoking allowed on deck and at meals. Also along for the trip are a smattering of bold-face celebrities, the battle-hardened executive sous-chef Mick Bartok, and a member of the long-running Sabra Quintet, Miriam Koslow, with whom she'll perform on board. But this is the second decade of an uncertain new millennium, not the sunny, heedless fifties, and certain disquieting signs of strife and malfunction above and below decks intrude on the festivities. And then . . . well, you'll just have to read the book to find out what happens, but suffice it to say that Kate Christensen's superbly rendered characters will be tested in ways they never imagined they would. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Kate Christensen has written a tale that is not just a gleefully nightmarish cruise, but a keenly observed microcosm of our disintegrating society and planet. You the reader are SO glad not to be on the Queen Isabella, but you find yourself there – and you hang on with grim delight. Wincingly real and blackly funny all at once. Peter Nichols, author of The Rocks and A Voyage for Madmen
  • From the first page of The Last Cruise, it’s clear that you’re in the hands of a masterful storyteller. With wit and precision, Kate Christensen wrangles a large cast of characters on a cruise in Hawaii that undergoes a disastrous series of calamites, deftly turning what appears to be a comedy of manners into an intimate and moving story about how human beings relate to each other in times of stress and upheaval – with plenty of sensuous details about food, sex, and drink along the way. This novel is a delight. #1 NYT-bestselling author Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train
  • Christensen weaves a diverse cast of characters, each from a detailed and highly sensual world, into a grip-your-seat plot in this important, enlightening, utterly contemporary book about a world that hangs on the edge of something bigger than all of us. A must-read for our times.
    —Cathi Hanauer, author of Gone and The Bitch is Back
  • In The Last Cruise Kate Christensen has given us a smart literary thriller whose ambitions extend well beyond its genre. It’s terrifying in ways you don’t expect. Richard Russo, author of Nobody’s Fool and Empire Falls
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About the Author
Author Kate Christensen

Kate Christensen is the author of six novels. The Great Man won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award. She has published reviews and essays in numerous publications, most recently the New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, O, Elle, and Gilt Taste. She writes an occasional drinks column for the Wall Street Journal called “With a Twist.”