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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (800 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Kasischke Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Diana stands before the mirror, preening with her best friend, Maureen. Suddenly, a classmate enters holding a gun, and seventeen-year-old Diana sees her life dance before her eyes. In a moment, the future she was just imagining is sealed by a horrific decision she is forced to make.

The novel takes us through Diana’s uncertain steps into womanhood—her awkward, heated forays into sex; her fresh, fragile construction of an identity; and her equally tenuous steps as an adult, protecting her beloved daughter and holding onto her successful husband.

Laura Kasischke has crafted a story of consciousness that encompasses the truth of a teenager’s world and the profound transformation of that world at midlife. Resonant and deeply stirring, this novel finds piercing beauty in the midst of a nightmare that echoes like a dirge beneath each new spring.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A novel that takes on deep matters of life and death; conscience and consciousness; family, love and friendship.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Mesmerizing.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Hauntingly original…A tour de force.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Potent and poetic storytelling. Most magical.”


  • “The combination of writer and narrator sucks us in. The story itself makes quick shifts back and forth over a twenty-year time span...MacDuffie handles the transitions with surprising ease.”


  • “Kasischke...writes prose that is dreamy and lyrical. This is one book you won’t want to put down. Highly recommended for all popular fiction collections.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Marie Gentilcore | 2/12/2014

    " I was disappointed. This story of a 40-something woman recollecting a life-changing event in her teens had great promise, but I finished the book feeling unsatisfied. To me, the book started with a bang, was intriguing for the first two-thirds of the book, and then the last third fizzled out as it got to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessie | 1/29/2014

    " Found it disappointing, didn't catch my attention as I thought that it would have "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Holly | 1/21/2014

    " Interesting premise but I found it disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erin | 1/16/2014

    " I'm still not sure how I feel about this book. I think I liked it...I know I didn't dislike it. Definitely well-written and an interesting read. "

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About the Author
Author Laura Kasischke

Laura Kasischke is the author of a number of novels and collections of poetry. Her numerous awards include the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America and the Bobst Award for Emerging Writers. She lives in Chelsea, Michigan.