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Author: Elizabeth Ames Narrator: Julia Whelan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2019 ISBN: 9780593148655
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“The perfect book to read with your friends.” —Bustle 

The debut novel of the season, The Other's Gold reads like an origin story for the women of Big Little Lies. —Elle

An insightful and sparkling novel that opens on a college campus and follows the friendship of four women across life-defining turning points

Assigned to the same suite during their freshman year at Quincy-Hawthorn College, Lainey, Ji Sun, Alice, and Margaret quickly become inseparable. The leafy green campus they move through together, the idyllic window seat they share in their suite, and the passion and ferocity that school and independence awakens in them ignites an all-encompassing love with one another. But they soon find their bonds--forged in joy, and fused by fear--must weather threats that originate from beyond the dark forests of their childhoods, and come at them from institutions, from one another, and ultimately, from within themselves.

The Other's Gold follows the four friends as each makes a terrible mistake, moving from their wild college days to their more feral days as new parents. With one part devoted to each mistake--the Accident, the Accusation, the Kiss, and the Bite--this complex yet compulsively readable debut interrogates the way that growing up forces our friendships to evolve as the women discover what they and their loved ones are capable of, and capable of forgiving. A joyful, big-hearted book that perfectly evokes the bittersweet experience of falling in love with friendship, the experiences of Lainey, Ji Sun, Alice, and Margaret are at once achingly familiar and yet shine with a brilliance and depth all their own. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Tends to evoke a flood of feeling, from educational nostalgia to the reminder of how fleeting that period of time in which you are truly entrenched in the details of your friends’ lives really is.”

    Entertainment Weekly
  • “This book feels both familiar and wonderfully unique.”

    Good Housekeeping
  • “The book—along with its characters—grows increasingly complex, charting the way that the bonds forged in those heady moments when people are permitted to reinvent themselves can become the defining ties of adult life.”

  • “Julia Whelan superbly narrates this story..Exceptionally skilled at conveying dialogue, she creates a distinctive and believable voice for every character, including secondary characters, male and female…Her remarkably steady pacing guides listeners through frequent shifts in point of view and an array of scenes…Listeners will be swept along by Whelan’s performance of this engrossing audiobook. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Ames’s well-drawn characters and startling prose will linger with you.”

    Real Simple
  • “This book is unexpectedly charming…The characters grow increasingly three-dimensional—sometimes in shocking ways—with every chapter.”

    Marie Claire
  • “An ode to the turmoil and joy of female friendship, and the perfect book to read with your friends.”

  • Beautifully written and epic in scope. Refinery29
  • “A beautiful, relatable, and bittersweet read that examines the strength of female friendships as they evolve.”

    Hello Giggles
  • “Written in a deft omniscient narration the characters finally bloom into vibrant individuality.”

    Kirkus Reviews
  • Elizabeth Ames’s debut explores the changing bonds of four college friends as the mistakes they make later in life threaten to either deteriorate or strengthen their relationship. InStyle
  • Four young women are assigned to the same suite at Quincy-Hawthorn College, forming fierce friendships that will follow them well into adulthood. New York Post
  • Exploring the sensual, visceral and horror-filled experiences of being female while never abandoning the love Ames has for her characters, The Other's Gold is smart and provocative, satisfying and unforgettable. Shelf Awareness (starred review)
  • A character-driven drama at its finest, each woman presents an engaging voice that you can't help but get invested in. The mistake each of them makes gets its own section, and honestly, until you learn everything that happened, it's hard to put this book down. If you're looking for an escape from your sweltering office job, or just need something that'll really spark conversation at your book club, grab yourself a copy this August! Get Literary
  • Reading Elizabeth Ames’s The Other’s Gold is like sinking into a lucid dream, wonderful and unsettling in turns, surreally beautiful throughout. As we follow four friends through university and beyond, into the messy miasma of life, we feel as if we are growing into adulthood, into womanhood, with her characters. We feel every bruise, every elation, in part because Ames writes in language that is feverish and refined, with equal parts tenderness and ruthlessness. That her writing can do all this at once is incredible. Read her, and you will be richer for it.  Jesmyn Ward, New York Times bestselling author of Sing, Unburied, Sing and Salvage the Bones
  • “One of the most immersive, unsettling books I've read in a long, long time. For hours after I finished it, the book felt realer to me than my own life did. There is something almost painful about how close we get to these characters: Ames observes them with a kind of ardent incision that at times feels like watching someone perform open-heart surgery, and at other times feels like having open-heart surgery performed on you. I was devastated by it. I loved it. Kristen Roupenian, bestselling author of You Know You Want This
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Bustle Pick of the Month
  • A Real Simple Pick of Books That Won't Disappoint
  • A Vogue Pick for Summer
  • A Marie Claire Magazine Pick of Best Fiction of the Year by Women
  • A Good Housekeeping Pick of 50 Best Books of the Year

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About the Author

Elizabeth Ames is an author and a graduate of the University of Michigan MFA program, where she won the Hopwood Award. Her short stories have appeared in Ninth Letter and Third Coast. She was born and raised in Wisconsin.

About the Narrator

Julia Whelan, winner of numerous Earphones Awards, won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Romance Narration in 2013 and has also been a finalist for an Audie Award in other years. She was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of 2010, and two of her audio narrations were shortlisted for the American Library Association’s notable recordings of 2010. Her narration of Jandy Nelson’s The Sky Is Everywhere earned a place in the first round of 2011 Grammy nominations for Best Spoken Word Album. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows, most notably ABC’s Once and Again. After receiving her college degree, she returned to the film industry and is also a writer.