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Author: Lorenzo Marone Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2017 ISBN: 9781543629088
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Cesare is a seventy-seven-year-old widower and cynical troublemaker. He has lived his whole life by his own rules and has no intention of changing now. Aside from an intermittent fling with a nurse called Rossana, he spends his days avoiding the old cat lady next door and screening calls from his children.

But when the enigmatic Emma moves in next door with her strange and sinister husband, Cesare suspects there is more to their relationship than meets the eye. He enlists the other residents to help him investigate and soon discovers a new and unexpected sense of purpose that leads him to risk everything for a future he had never thought possible.

Laced with humour and pathos in equal measure, this is a delightful book to savour, for young and old alike.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Arthur Morey’s performance puts flesh on Cesare’s cranky bones…Always believable, Morey captures Cesare’s transformation from a depressed, sarcastic, aging recluse with grim observations on life to a man with a purpose and the possibility of a future. Morey keeps a wide range of emotions under control, providing sweetly understated moments. Funny, engaging, and truthful, Marone’s novel is made even better by Morey’s narration.”

    AudioFile

  • “Sad, funny, wise, and unblinkingly honest, this is truly wonderful.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “Marone’s characters, irreverent and absurd, embark on adventures they had ceased to allow themselves to imagine in this darkly comedic take on aging.”

    World Literature Today

  • “Cesare’s cantankerous demeanor belies a sweetly sensitive nature, and the acerbic ruminations of Marone’s aging hero will appeal to fans of Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove."

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About the Author

Lorenzo Marone was born in 1974. He originally trained as a lawyer before changing careers to follow his passion for writing. He lives in Naples with his wife and son.

About the Narrator

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards, and his work has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and placed him as a finalist for two Audie Awards. He has acted in a number of productions, both off Broadway in New York and off Loop in Chicago. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. His plays and songs have been produced in New York, Chicago, and Milan, where he has also performed.