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Author: Melanie Conroy-Goldman Narrator: Narrator Info Added Soon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2020 ISBN: 9781538515440
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A mother struggling to stay clean and care for her toddler has her life and sobriety upended by the sudden arrival and disappearance of a man she thought was gone forever. In search of this man, the father of her child, Mellie is drawn back into a netherworld she once inhabited, a world plagued by the drug “cloud” and the long term damage that it inflicts upon the mind.

She must retrace the winding, bloody path the drug has scrawled across her life, from her first encounter as a teenager lost in the sweat and fog of the nascent Boston punk scene, to her descent from bohemian student to desperate addict in early ’90s New York, and finally to the antiseptic glare of a porn set and the harsh California sun. As the pursuit continues and the specter of Mellie’s past acquires a terrifying solidity, she will have to fight for her child and the fraction of a family that she has tried so hard to build.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Likely World is bizarre and beautiful, equal parts brainy lit and gut-bucket pulp. Its heroine is unlike any female character I’ve ever encountered and I love her.”

    Mary Gaitskill, National Book Award finalist

  • “I don’t know if you’ll ever read a literary novel like The Likely World this or any other year. It’s groovy, badass smart, and totally trippy, but also full of heartache and longing and the woundings of love. This novel absolutely sparkles with brightness and life.”

    Chang-rae Lee, author of Native Speaker

  • “[A] propulsive debut…The prose is exquisite…This skillful twist on the addiction narrative is worth a look.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Conroy-Goldman’s gritty, street postmodernism will rewire your brain…But it’s the depth of feeling here, about love, about motherhood…that will break your heart.”

    Peter Ho Davies, author of The Welsh Girl

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About the Author

Melanie Conroy-Goldman teaches fiction writing as an associate professor of English at the Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review and McSweeney’s Internet Tendencies. She lives in Ithaca, New York with her husband, daughter, and two step-daughters. In addition to teaching and writing, she runs the Trias Residency for Writers and teaches for the Cornell Prison Education Program.