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Author: Nicholas Delbanco Narrator: Paul Boehmer, Paul Boehmer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2004 ISBN: 9781415908082
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The three Saperstone siblings, who are scattered throughout the country and leading very different lives, are drawn back home to Saratoga, New York, when their mother dies. What they discover there shocks them: she has left behind a much larger estate than they could ever have imagined. The wealth, as they find out, comes in the form of long-term investments bequeathed by Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and Thomas Edison—who called themselves "the vagabonds"—to the siblings' grandmother. The money had been a payment, offered as hush money for a long-ago night of indiscretion and handed down through the generations. As a result, the three siblings soon discover that inheritance can alter not merely their separate fortunes, but their shared sense of the past. Download and start listening now!

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  • “Such a determined meditation on love as this novel provides may give those usually fatigued by such matters second thoughts.”

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  • “[Delbanco’s] characters have the complexity and fragility of real life. A moving exploration of a believably passionate love, and of its subtle, powerful, persistent impact on the lives of two stubborn romantics.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennese | 11/13/2012

    " This was a quick and entertaining read about sibling relationships. I enjoyed it for the fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toby | 5/11/2012

    " Interesting historical backdrop regarding the real life "Vagabonds" who traveled through the U.S. I had a personal interest since it was written by UM English prof, Nick Delbanco and was littered with Ann Arbor references "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 12/17/2010

    " The basic plot had potential. But the writing and the way the story was presented - yuck. It is broken into pieces in an unappealing way for seemingly no reason. The writing had very few appealing passages. Where was the editor? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marvin | 12/17/2010

    " An inheritance from Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone, and Henry Ford (based on an experience during one of their camping trips) is passed down through 3 generations to 3 largely estranged siblings. In this case, the inheritance brings the siblings together, as their mother had hoped. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lana | 9/22/2010

    " Very good serious fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 4/30/2009

    " The basic plot had potential. But the writing and the way the story was presented - yuck. It is broken into pieces in an unappealing way for seemingly no reason. The writing had very few appealing passages. Where was the editor? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennese | 9/5/2008

    " This was a quick and entertaining read about sibling relationships. I enjoyed it for the fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toby | 7/11/2007

    " Interesting historical backdrop regarding the real life "Vagabonds" who traveled through the U.S. I had a personal interest since it was written by UM English prof, Nick Delbanco and was littered with Ann Arbor references "

About the Author

Nicholas Delbanco is the well-regarded author of numerous works of fiction, including The Vagabonds, What Remains, and The Count of Concord, as well as The Countess of Stanlein Restored, a nonfiction work. He is the chair of the University of Michigan’s MFA program.

About the Narrators

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe, in addition to Frasier, Judging Amy, Guiding Light, and All My Children. He is a 1992 Masters of Fine Arts graduate of the Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Delaware. As a narrator, Paul has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as an Audie Award.

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe, in addition to Frasier, Judging Amy, Guiding Light, and All My Children. He is a 1992 Masters of Fine Arts graduate of the Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Delaware. As a narrator, Paul has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as an Audie Award.