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Author: Miranda Cowley Heller Narrator: Nan McNamara Publisher: Penguin Audio Audio Length: Release Date: July 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780593412503

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A story of summer, secrets, love, and lies: in the course of a singular day on Cape Cod, one woman must make a life-changing decision that has been brewing for decades

“This house, this place, knows all my secrets.”

It is a perfect July morning, and Elle, a fifty-year-old happily married mother of three, awakens at the Paper Palace, the family summer place which she has visited every summer of her life. But this morning is different: last night Elle and her oldest friend Jonas crept out the back door into the darkness and had sex with each other for the first time, all while their spouses chatted away inside.

Now, over the next twenty-four hours, Elle will have to decide between the life she has made with her genuinely beloved husband, Peter, and the life she always imagined she would have had with her childhood love, Jonas, if a tragic event hadn’t forever changed the course of their lives. As Heller colors in the experiences that have led Elle to this day, we arrive at her ultimate decision with all its complexity.

Tender yet devastating, The Paper Palace considers the tensions between desire and dignity, the legacies of abuse, and the crimes and misdemeanors of families.

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  • “Filled with secrets, love, lies, and a summer beach house. What more could you ask for?”

    - Parade
  • “A sultry tale of Waspish New England that captures the spirit of Updike and Cheever.” 

    - The Times (London)
  • “The gorgeous scenery of Back Woods (a stand-in for Wellfleet, Mass.) provides an atmospheric backdrop to Elle’s ruminations and revelatory flashbacks.”

    - Los Angeles Times


  • #1 New York Times bestseller
  • A Reese’s Book Club Pick
  • A Parade Magazine Pick of Beach Reads
  • A Vogue Pick of Best Books of Summer
  • A Los Angeles Times Pick of Best Summer Beach Reading
  • A New York Times Bestseller in Audio

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About the Narrator

Nan McNamara has performed on stage, television, film, and behind the microphone in voice-overs for over twenty years. Her passion is to tell good stories—no matter what the medium. Originally from St. Paul, Nan received a BA cum laude in theater.