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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,011 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adam Haslett Narrator: David Aaron Baker Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The eagerly anticipated debut novel from the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist You Are Not a Stranger Here: a deeply affecting portrait of the modern gilded age, the first decade of the twenty-first century.

At the heart of Union Atlantic lies a test of wills between a young banker, Doug Fanning, and a retired schoolteacher, Charlotte Graves, whose two dogs have begun to speak to her. When Doug builds an ostentatious mansion on land that Charlotte’s grandfather donated to the town of Finden, Massachusetts, she determines to oust him in court. As a senior manager of Union Atlantic bank, a major financial conglomerate, Doug is embroiled in the company’s struggle to remain afloat. It is Charlotte’s brother, Henry Graves, the president of the New York Federal Reserve, who must keep a watchful eye on Union Atlantic and the entire financial system. Drawn into Doug and Charlotte’s intensifying conflict is Nate Fuller, a troubled high school senior who unwittingly stirs powerful emotions in each of them.

Irresistibly complex, imaginative, and witty, Union Atlantic is a singular work of fiction that is sure to be read and reread long after it causes a sensation on its first publication.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] profound, strikingly intelligent story about the cost of living in a world in which real values have been supplanted by a fiat currency of self-interest and empty promises.”

    Washington Post

  • “In Union Atlantic, swiftly and confidently, Haslett unwinds the ball of yarn that is the global financial crisis to reveal its core: a knot of ineluctable yearnings and individual needs.”

    New York Times

  • “Haslett's novel is in its own way a landmark of this young century.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • Selected for the February 2010 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2010 Financial Times Best Book of the Year
  • Shortlisted for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize
  • A 2010 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2011 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/16/2014

    " I never warmed up to the main character. It was hard for me to care about him at all. I did enjoy some of the other character arcs, and how the individual stories connected. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Laurel | 1/24/2014

    " This book belongs to the new genre of post-Wall Street bailout literature. I listened to this one. I didn't like it- probably because I listened to it rather than read the prose. I think it was the production value. There are two intertwining story-lines here and thanks to the narration, it often took a couple of minutes to realize that the reader had moved from one plot to another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Megan | 1/11/2014

    " I have mixed feelings about this book! Haslett is definitely a good stylist, crisp, funny, and observant. The plot moves right along, the characters are nutty and interesting, but in the end I felt like they were a little too glib--even the ones I liked. And it wasn't until the very last chapters that I felt real empathy for the main guy-- Nevertheless, I would recommend this as a fun and interesting "beach" read- or airplane--when you want something engaging but not too heavy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gayla Bassham | 1/2/2014

    " I wanted to like this book more than I did. I liked the theme and the ideas behind the book, but something about the characters left me cold. "

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