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Author: Marisa de los Santos Narrator: Arielle DeLisle Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9780062309211
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Belong to Me, Love Walked In, and Falling Together comes a captivating novel about friendship, family, second chances, and the redemptive power of love.

In all her life, Eustacia “Taisy” Cleary has given her heart to only three men: her first love, Ben Ransom; her twin brother, Marcus; and Wilson Cleary—professor, inventor, philanderer, self-made millionaire, brilliant man, breathtaking jerk: her father.

Seventeen years ago, Wilson ditched his first family for Caroline, a beautiful young sculptor. In all that time, Taisy’s family has seen Wilson, Caroline, and their daughter, Willow, only once.

Why then, is Wilson calling Taisy now, inviting her for an extended visit, encouraging her to meet her pretty sister—a teenager who views her with jealousy, mistrust, and grudging admiration? Why, now, does Wilson want Taisy to help him write his memoir?

Told in alternating voices—Taisy’s strong, unsparing observations and Willow’s naive, heartbreakingly earnest yearnings—The Precious One is an unforgettable novel of family secrets, lost love, and dangerous obsession, a captivating tale with the deep characterization, piercing emotional resonance, and heartfelt insight that are the hallmarks of Marisa de los Santos’s beloved works.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With talent as keen as a new razor and generosity born of a humane heart, de los Santos offers an affecting story, brilliantly conceived characters, and arresting prose.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “Emotionally potent, painfully honest, and, at times, delightfully funny, de los Santos’ latest is a must for fans of intelligent, thoughtful women’s fiction.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Narrators Abby Craden and Arielle DeLisle are magnificent as the half-sisters who recount this heartrending family drama…Craden’s character transitions are flawless, even when she shifts from one gender to the other. Her portrayal of Taisy’s father is impressive with its dual vocal personas, one for the man before his heart attack and the other for the man after. DeLisle perfectly captures the other sister, sixteen-year-old Willow, even delivering occasional minor mispronunciations that sound completely consistent with her character. As Willow’s love interest, DeLisle comes through flawlessly. This is a magical pair of performers. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “The slow fracturing of each sister’s perception of the other and the strong three-dimensional characters are exceptionally well crafted…de los Santos’ characters’ journeys are perfectly paced.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The author writes engagingly and creates complex and lovable characters who carry the story. Readers of character-based fiction with heartwarming, hopeful endings will love this one, too. Also recommended for adult fans of…clever, sophisticated teens and witty banter between romantic leads.”

    Library Journal

  • “With warmth, humor, and a light, sure touch, Marisa de los Santos tells a bighearted story about how the ties of family and bonds of friendship can prevail over devastating misunderstandings and long-buried secrets—and how expanding the definition of family may be the only way to rebuild broken relationships.”

    Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An April 2015 LibraryReads Pick

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About the Author

Marisa de los Santos is the New York Times bestselling author of Love Walked In, Belong to Me, and Falling Together. She has also published a poetry collection called From the Bones Out.

About the Narrator

Arielle DeLisle is an Earphones Award–winning narrator, voice actor, and commercial producer. She has recorded more than sixty audiobooks, including dystopian young adult titles and Michael Wallace’s Righteous series.