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3.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 5 3.43 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Delia Ephron Narrator: Natasha Lyonne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781101564271
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Tracee is a runaway bride and kleptomaniac. Lana is an audacious beauty and a recovering alcoholic. Rita is a holy-roller minister’s wife, desperate to escape her marriage and discover whether she actually has a mind of her own.

One warm summer’s night, these three women go on the lam together. Their car breaks down on a rural highway in North Carolina and they’re forced to seek shelter in a seemingly abandoned nightclub—which is where they meet Marcel. Soon, everything changes.

Marcel, you see, is a lion, a retired circus performer stuck in a cage in this godforsaken roadhouse. And through admiration—one might even say love—for Marcel, our heroines find a way to confront their complicated pasts and fight for the strange, embracing relationships they’ve formed out in the middle of nowhere. They ultimately navigate their way back to their own hearts—and ours.

Written with the deftness, humor, and sparkling wit that have marked her books, plays, and movies, Delia Ephron’s The Lion Is In is an unforgettable story of friendship, courage, love—and learning to salsa with the king of the jungle.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the sharpest observers of human behavior around, Ephron, with her trademark mastery of smart, snappy dialogue, delivers a read-in-one-sitting, feel-good celebration of resiliency and hope.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Imagine if Siegfried & Roy had written Water for ElephantsThe Lion Is In is off to the races from the first sentence. [A] fun ride.”

    Tampa Bay Times

  • “Narrator Natasha Lyonne gives the women distinct voices that project a delightful mix of spunk and sass. Lyonne’s skill at conveying a broad range of emotions is showcased in this amusing story of mixed-signals, deep friendship, and personal growth.”

    AudioFile

  • “Three women embark on a journey of self-discovery, facilitated by a giant feline, in Ephron’s whimsical but winsome third novel.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 2/13/2014

    " Lana, fleeing the mistakes she's made at home, and Tracee, left at the altar, pick up Rita, walking away from her husband. The trio land in North Carolina when Lana's car breaks down, and start to work at "The Lion", a restaurant and home of Marcel, a real lion. Each of the women finds strength and solace in the presence of this peaceful beast. Charming, funny and engaging with fully realized characters and a lion you wish you could meet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 2/11/2014

    " Nothing groundbreaking. Easy read with enjoyable enough characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Priscilla | 2/3/2014

    " Fiction book about 3 different women that end up (not by their wish) in a small town and discover what make them happy. Nice book about friendship but it brings you no big surprises in its way. It's mild.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/2/2014

    " A delightful, fun, fast read. Enjoyed it very much. If you've been reading heavy, sad books and need a change, I would recommend this book. It does get into real and dark life issues but in a lighter, easy to take way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey | 1/28/2014

    " I felt like the author was a bit desperate for a creative angle, but all in all, it was a fun summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bluelily3 | 1/26/2014

    " This was a pretty good story, and it wouldn't make a bad movie either. I was a little dissappointed that the lion did ride in the car, like the cover though... I wanted them to take the lion places. But that would be really unrealistic. I liked the characters, though. And the story had a nice happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 1/18/2014

    " Good, light summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/16/2014

    " This is a book that I received at an author's luncheon at BEA in June. I heard Delia Ephron speak that day and loved that but it took me months to pick up this book! So silly of me because it was an intriguing piece of fiction that gave me food for thought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 1/8/2014

    " Easy read. Wrapped up too neatly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauriebrookneraol.com | 12/31/2013

    " Couldn't get through it. Awful... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernadette | 12/11/2013

    " At first it seemed way to confusing switching back and forth. But midway thru the book I figured each character out and read the entire book in less than four days...First book I read cover to cover in quite sometime "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 12/10/2013

    " A quick read and good story. If you're an animal lover, you'll probably find that the lion is your favorite character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 12/6/2013

    " Written like a script for a movie. A good airplane/trip book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan James | 11/26/2013

    " Sometimes we just need a well-told story to leave us feeling good, to give us the gift of knowing that no matter how much of a "screw-up" we are, there is the possibility of redemption. Thank you, Delia Ephron. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mjdrean | 10/12/2013

    " A unique premise that doesn't rise up to its potential. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachael | 5/28/2013

    " Great story, loved the whimsy "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wanda Graham | 4/26/2013

    " wasn't sure at first, turned out to be a really good book, thank you for sending me this book!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda Webb | 4/14/2013

    " This was a quick read, but I just didn't think the story was believable. I never felt overly connected or interested in the characters. I am interested in hearing what others have to say at our book club discussion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 4/5/2013

    " What fun... A breeze to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 3/30/2013

    " The story of how a lion, who lives in a bar, changes the lives of three women each dealing with their own troubled past. Strange concept, but it works, as fun and fanciful things can in books. It took me quite a while to get into this story, but I did enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 9/27/2012

    " I was afraid this book would be a ripoff of Thelma and Louise, but it was NOT. It was a nice, easy, summer read that I devoured in a matter of hours. Really fun book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 6/19/2012

    " Be patient with this book. Its an easy read from the start but it took me about 100 pages to discover how delightful and clever it is "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindypbarnard | 4/22/2012

    " Loved this very quirky story about 3 women, each escaping something, plus an old caged lion living in a roadside bar in the middle of nowhere. "

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About the Author
Author Delia Ephron

Delia Ephron is a critically acclaimed novelist and screenwriter. Her most recent book, Frannie in Pieces, received four starred reviews, was a Book Sense Pick, and was named to the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list. She is also the author of Big City Eyes, Hanging Up, and How to Eat Like a Child. Her screenwriting credits include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, You've Got Mail, Bewitched, Hanging Up, and Michael. She lives in New York City with her husband and their dog, Honey Pansy Cornflower Bernice Mambo Kass.