The Recent East: A Novel Audiobook, by Thomas Grattan Play Audiobook Sample

The Recent East: A Novel Audiobook

The Recent East: A Novel Audiobook, by Thomas Grattan Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Angela Dawe Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781250792327

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70:11 minutes

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32 seconds

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28:24 minutes

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"Angela Dawe is an outstanding narrator for this expansive audiobook...Dawe's voice is strong, and her pace is excellent. As a good narrator will do, she lets the story shine with patient grace and confident kindness. This audiobook is definitely worth a listen." -- AudioFile Magazine An extraordinary family saga following a mother and two teens as they navigate a new life in East Germany Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Beate Haas, who defected from East Germany as a child, is notified that her parents’ abandoned mansion is available for her to reclaim. Newly divorced and eager to escape her bleak life in upstate New York, where she moved as an adult, she arrives with her two teenagers to discover a city that has become an unrecognizable ghost town. The move fractures the siblings’ close relationship, as Michael, free to be gay, takes to looting empty houses and partying with wannabe anarchists, while Adela, fascinated with the horrors of the Holocaust, buries herself in books and finds companionship in a previously unknown cousin. Over time, the town itself changes—from dismantled city to refugee haven and neo-Nazi hotbed, and eventually to a desirable seaside resort town. In the midst of that change, two episodes of devastating, fateful violence come to define the family forever. Moving seamlessly through decades and between the thoughts and lives of several unforgettable characters, Thomas Grattan’s spellbinding novel is a multigenerational epic that illuminates what it means to leave home, and what it means to return. Masterfully crafted with humor, gorgeous prose, and a powerful understanding of history and heritage, The Recent East is the profoundly affecting story of a family upended by displacement and loss, and the extraordinary debut of an empathetic and ambitious storyteller. A Macmillan Audio production from MCD

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“Angela Dawe is an outstanding narrator for this expansive audiobook…Dawe maintains a powerful performance, infusing this engrossing story with sincerity and energy.”

— AudioFile 


  • “An arresting and resplendent family saga.”

    — O, The Oprah Magazine
  • “An epic in every sense of the word.”

    — Entertainment Weekly
  • “Takes the ‘decades-spanning family saga’ genre to new queer heights.” 

    — Harper’s Bazaar


  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
  • A Refinery29 Pick of Most Anticipated Upcoming Books
  • A Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2021
  • An Oprah Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Upcoming Books
  • Among shortlisted titles for L.A. Times Book Prize - Finalist, 2022

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About Angela Dawe

Angela Dawe is an actor, writer, and audiobook narrator based in the Midwest. Her work as an actor has included roles in theater, film, and television, as well as improv and sketch comedy with such theaters as Second City and the Annoyance. In the literary world, Angela has received multiple awards and nominations for her work as an audiobook narrator, and is a published fiction author herself. She holds a BA in philosophy, so if the writing/performing work dries up, she has something to fall back on.