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2.94 out of 52.94 out of 52.94 out of 52.94 out of 52.94 out of 5 2.94 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Braunstein Narrator: Xe Sands Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781611200508
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In New York City, a girl called Leonora vanishes without a trace. Years earlier and miles upstate, Goldie, a wild, negligent mother, searches for a man to help raise her precocious son, Paul, who later discovers that the only way to save his soul is to run away. As the narrative moves back and forth in time, we find deeper interconnections between these stories and growing clues about Leonora - this missing girl whose face looks out from telephone poles and billboards - whom one character will give anything to save.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Through random encounters and elliptical dialogue, Braunstein locates the pain in these people’s lives and makes it shimmer.”

    Booklist

  • “Braunstein paints gorgeous portraits of a wide variety of characters, all fully realized.”

    Library Journal

  • Finalist for the 2011 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie Aschenbrenner | 2/18/2014

    " Started reading, couldn't get into it and then found myself skimming...decided it wasn't worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel | 1/22/2014

    " I thought this was really good for a first time novelist. She doesn't shy away from the less than pretty stuff people go through and there are some beautifully worded passages. Another author to watch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisabeth | 1/21/2014

    " This book was completely not what I was expecting. It is a novel of loss and retrospect. Longing and hope for reinvention. The missing children seem to be the adults who lost out on their own childhoods. Sorry if this spoils things. I'm still working my way through my thought process on this one. I say I really liked it because I think I will after I think about it more. Far more complex than I expected. A very good book for discussion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Derosa | 1/11/2014

    " The form was really innovative in a subtle way. I would call this "well-crafted." An engrossing story-- or set of stories, really-- but also just a good read for writers who are interested in how novels go together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mathew | 1/10/2014

    " Great read. Compelling story, fascinating characters, beautiful language throughout. Some readers have complained that it lacks closure or clarity at the end. I couldn't disagree more. The conclusion feels complete, inevitable and wholly satisfying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 12/28/2013

    " This book was kind of frustrating. It was well written, but the plot was ultimately unsatisfying. It was like a bunch of character sketches only loosely held together by the narrative. Also, very melancholy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgue Anne | 12/16/2013

    " Kept waiting for the book to really begin. Then it was over. Not a bad novel, but not great story-telling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennie | 11/18/2013

    " Holy depressing, this book. Good character development, but strange plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noreen | 11/13/2013

    " Short-listed today for the Center for Fiction's 2011 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maddie Witter | 10/23/2013

    " this was a pretty disappointing book... not recommended "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin Holloway | 8/8/2013

    " Excellent writing and insight into the psyche, but the story didn't do much for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenn | 4/25/2013

    " What did I just read? I've given up. Almost a third into the book and my brain was screaming for better words. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christine Johnson | 2/28/2013

    " I could not finish this book...I had such high hopes for this new author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin Time | 1/4/2013

    " Crackling language. Weird and wonderful characters. Braunstein's narrative structure is certainly complex--there are maybe a dozen characters who appear and reappear. Super ambitious and super successful. Amazing feat of empathy. Gripping stuff. Can't wait to read more from her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 7/21/2012

    " Very mesmerizing book which would have made it 5 stars but could not keep track of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tasha | 6/25/2012

    " This book got mixed reviews, but I found the multiple narratives compelling and challenging, rather than confusing. She writes beautifully. She's a Mainer. And, while bleak, it's a damn fine read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 6/6/2012

    " This was about a 2.5 star book. It had potential, and the writing is decent, but the storyline was so jumbled that it just went nowhere. I was disappointed, because I love a good mystery, and this was not the mystery it claimed to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Favolaetavola | 4/21/2012

    " Sarah Braunstein writes the most amazingly beautiful sentences. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann Marie | 3/10/2012

    " I can honestly say I have no idea what I read...there was no story...no plot...just pages of ramblings and they did not go in any kinda order at all...my son kept asking me why I kept reading it and I would pick it up and show him how much I already had invested...what a waste of time... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gingerkat | 2/11/2012

    " I don't know why I picked up this book -- I think some online thing recommended it. Anyway, although there is some OK writing hee, I found the whole thing just too too eliptical. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grace Sheese | 12/18/2011

    " The plot was okay and could've been more engaging But, there were way too many superficial characters that I lost track of. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 5/23/2011

    " Excellent writing and insight into the psyche, but the story didn't do much for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jacqueline115 | 5/16/2011

    " didn't get past page 50 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nora | 4/26/2011

    " Ambitious, but ultimately not to my taste. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy | 4/21/2011

    " I really don't have anything to say about this book, it was boring and not worth the time to read it. I was extremely disappointed in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 4/7/2011

    " I didn't get it. I kept expecting something more to tie the characters together and I wasn't satisfied at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lalitha | 3/24/2011

    " I really wanted to like this book--the author writes beautifully, but ultimately, I felt like this book would've read better as a short story collection. Not really a cohesive novel for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marykris | 3/22/2011

    " This book was such a disappointment. I was really looking forward to it since it had been on NPR's book list. The author tried to weave too mamny stories and got lost in the mix. I had no idea what was going on through the majority of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 3/12/2011

    " This book was recommended by a friend who usually has good taste. In this case she didn't disappoint. This book follows multiple characters and at times was hard to figure out where it was all heading but it kept me reading and enthralled till the end. Loved it, definitely a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 3/12/2011

    " This is an unusually well written book about runaways of all kinds and the feelings of parents. I had mixed emotions about the book, as the author most likely intended. I would recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 3/6/2011

    " Crackling language. Weird and wonderful characters. Braunstein's narrative structure is certainly complex--there are maybe a dozen characters who appear and reappear. Super ambitious and super successful. Amazing feat of empathy. Gripping stuff. Can't wait to read more from her. "

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About the Author
Author Sarah Braunstein

Sarah Braunstein is the recipient of the Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award and was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.” She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Portland, Maine.

About the Narrator

Xe Sands has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art, including recordings of the Nightwalkers series from Jaquelyn Frank. She has received several honors, including several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a coveted Audie Award, and was named Favorite Debut Romance Narrator of 2011 in the Romance Audiobooks poll.