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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (934 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Haven Kimmel Narrator: C. J. Critt Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Used World Emporium is the sprawling antique store where Hazel, Claudia, and Rebekah pass their days surrounded by dusty furniture, cast-off clothes, and ancient housewares. But with the unexpected arrival of two babies and the unfolding of not one but three love stories, each spanning generations, their formerly used world becomes new again. Heartrending, hilarious, and inspiring, this is the book that Kimmel‘s loyal fans have been waiting for—and it is certain to win her legions of new ones.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “No one can evoke a universe with a safety pin holding up its hem in the way Haven Kimmel can…As Faulkner did before her, Kimmel writes about doing what needs doing.”

    Jacquelyn Mitchard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean

  • The Used World awakens in the used reader the hallelujah impulse, making new all over again the realization that a novel can be honest, stormy, bitterly funny, and not merely worth the time, but necessary.”

    Gregory Maguire, New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Years series

  • “Kimmel pulls off an unexpectedly affecting novelistic coup, in which sunny exuberance exists side by side with solemnity, faith sits next to doubt, the past cohabits with the present, and the ineffable cozies up to the real.”

    Washington Post

  • “An intriguing puzzle box of a novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kimmel can write with real charm.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rachel | 2/18/2014

    " This is how you write. If I can write a book a third, a quarter, as divine as this one, then my work here will be done. I actually give it six stars, at least. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carrie | 2/17/2014

    " I listened to the audio version of this book and was turned off by the exceptional "wordyness" in the first part. At times it was very difficult to follow. Towards the later part of the book, things started to come together better, and I almost enjoyed it. Overall, though, I can only give this book a "3". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Patty | 2/7/2014

    " Haven, Haven. You are such an amazing writer! Since "Zippy" and "She Got Up Off the Couch" are two of my all time favorites, I couldn't wait for this newest book by Ms. Kimmel to be released. Although very different from her hilarious memoirs of growing up in Mooreland, Indiana, this book was rich, engaging and sensitively written. Three cheers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Heidi | 2/2/2014

    " Yet again, Kimmel created a beautiful story inhabited by enigmatic characters. Her prose is dense and enlightening, and often must be reread. There is a lot going on in this novel, and much of it ties in with her two novels and memoirs. Around page 70, you will not be able to put it down, so hold on. I attended a book signing and Kimmel did a reading of this novel. She is as funny, smart and charming as you would imagine. "

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About the Author
Author Haven Kimmel

Haven Kimmel is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Girl Named Zippy, She Got Up Off the Couch, and Something Rising (Light and Swift). She studied English and creative writing at Ball State University and North Carolina State University and attended seminary at the Earlham School of Religion. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.