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The Obituary Writer Audiobook

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Read By: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2013 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781481573696

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Longest Chapter Length:

62:34 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

08:38 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

36:10 minutes

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Publisher Description

From bestselling author Ann Hood comes a sophisticated and suspenseful novel about the poignant lives of two women living in different eras.

On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, a young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless but secure marriage or to follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. By telling the stories of the dead, Vivien not only helps others cope with their grief but also begins to understand the devastation of her own terrible loss. The surprising connection between these two women will change Claire's life in unexpected and extraordinary ways.

Part literary mystery and part love story, The Obituary Writer examines expectations of marriage and love, the roles of wives and mothers, and the emotions of grief, regret, and hope.

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“In this poignant and incisive novel, Ann Hood brings history back to life in the most intimate way, chronicling the love affairs and heartbreaks of two very different women in two very different times. Moving gracefully and persuasively between post-earthquake San Francisco and the early 1960s, The Obituary Writer makes unexpected connections between these two bygone eras, and in the process, manages to illuminate the present as well as the past.”

— Tom Perrotta, New York Times bestselling author 


  • “It is a rare novelist who can summon the creative nerve to plumb the depths of grief, but that’s just what Ann Hood does here with such compassion and grace. The Obituary Writer is an unflinching exploration of loss and the love that somehow remains, one that both wounds and heals. This is a deeply engaging and moving book.”

    — Andre Dubus III, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Ann Hood gives us two women from very different time periods who share similar struggles in understanding aspects of love and grief…Reading this book, I felt acutely the sadness of loss, the deliciousness of gossip among a group of women friends, the frustration of miscommunication in marriage, the joys of sensuality. Creating such empathy on the part of a reader isn’t easy: Ann Hood just makes it look that way.”

    — Elizabeth Berg, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Remarkable…Narrator Tavia Gilbert captures each character to perfection…Gilbert’s portrayal of Sebastian is especially strong; his gorgeous voice and heavy Italian accent fit his masculine yet compassionate character. Even the most minor character attains distinction through Gilbert’s thoughtful narration.”

    — AudioFile
  • “Pushcart Prize winner Hood artfully blends two stories that converge in an emotional, poignant ending…A well-constructed story leading readers from secrets of the past toward illuminating truths of the present. Highly recommended.”

    — Library Journal (starred review)
  • “Hood’s language is fine and supple, the settings are lusciously rendered, the melancholy air is seductive, her use of quotes about bereavement from Emily Post’s 1922 Etiquette is bittersweet, and her intricate inquiry into grief, guilt, and love is haunting.”

    — Booklist
  • “Hood’s fluent storytelling and empathy will ensure popularity.”

    — Kirkus Reviews


  • A BookPage Book of the Day, March 2013
  • Selected for the March 2013 Indie Next List
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About Ann Hood

Ann Hood is the author of more than a dozen books, including the bestselling novels The Book That Matters Most and The Knitting Circle, and three memoirs.

About Tavia Gilbert

Tavia Gilbert is an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry. Named the 2018 Voice of Choice by Booklist magazine, she is also winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She has earned numerous Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. has named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir. In addition to voice acting, she is an accomplished producer, singer, and theater actor. She is also a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral.