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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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