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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (424 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:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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