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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (740 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Janelle Brown Narrator: Erik Davies, Phoebe Zimmermann Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This Is Where We Live tells the story of Claudia and Jeremy, a young married couple (she’s an aspiring filmmaker; he’s an indie musician) who are on the verge of making it. Her first film was a sensation at Sundance and is about to have its theatrical release. He’s assembled a new band and is a few songs shy of an album. They’ve recently purchased their first home—an adorable mid-century bungalow with a breathtaking view of the city of Los Angeles—with the magical assistance of an adjustable-rate mortgage. But a series of seismic events—the tanking of Claudia’s film, the return of Jeremy’s ex-girlfriend, and the staggering adjustment of their monthly mortgage payments—deal a crushing blow to their dreams of the bohemian life and their professional aspirations, making them question their values and their shared vision of the future. 

This Is Where We Live is a novel about the crucible of this economic moment—the way these times play with our hopes, compel us to reckon with our ambition, test our capacity for reinvention, and ask us to question the very things we love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wildly entertaining.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Brown has an uncanny eye for contemporary characters and settings.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Richly told…Maybe some wisdom can be gleaned from this recession after all.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Terrific.”

    Real Simple

  • “[An] undeniably talented author.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “At once playful and heartbreaking, this novel never feels less than wholly true.”


  • “Brown’s tart second novel couldn't be more timely…A cringingly funny satire of love and money among the artsy class.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ashton | 2/19/2014

    " It was pretty good...not my favorite, but interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Josie | 2/7/2014

    " I found this book addictive, I really couldn't stop reading it. I guess it spoke to me, being a newlywed and a prospective homebuyer. The ending was okay, not terrible but not the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Denise | 2/4/2014

    " Really interesting -about finances, home ownership, finding your self. Loved the characters and the complexity "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Larry Smith | 2/2/2014

    " I finished this book in a couple of days, a couple of months ago, after my friend Janelle Brown (best to just put that out there) sent me a galley. If I didn't love it - which I did -- I'd just tell her "It was good" and/or avoid her for as long as possible (and not bother with a review). Janelle, as her fan base knows, is a fluid, fun, writer. Her story is about an arty couple in LA who have what's best described as "good problems" (how to be artful and make money and not drive drunk in Los Angeles too often). They're the type of irresistible characters so many of us know, and all like than we probably should, in both real life and in fiction. And there's one character, the crazy ex-girlfriend, who I'm sure a whole bunch of actors are drooling over right now. If you like Nick Hornby.... well... you get the point. "

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