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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (668 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Beattie Narrator: Ann Beattie Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It is 1980 in New York City, and Jane, a valedictorian fresh out of Harvard, strikes a deal with Neil, an intoxicating writer twenty years her senior. The two quickly become lovers, living together in a Chelsea brownstone, and Neil reveals the rules for a life well lived: If you take food home from a restaurant, don’t say it’s because you want leftovers for “the dog.” Say that you want the bones for “a friend who does autopsies.” If you can’t stand on your head (which is best), learn to do cartwheels. Have sex in airplane bathrooms. Wear only raincoats made in England. Neil’s certainties, Jane discovers, mask his deceptions. Her true education begins.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beattie’s talent as a prose stylist is evident: the sentences are gorgeous and there isn’t a word out of place.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An oddly beautiful distillation of a specific moment both in one fledgling writer’s life and in New York’s celebrity-driven culture, when creative forces gather like a held breath or the sea before a tsunami.”


  • A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book

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

    " This short novel is hard to put down. I love the way the narrative weaves between enticing characters and peculiar backgrounds. I haven't lived in NYC for 3 years, but it made me nostalgic for home and those who dwell in Gotham. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Liz | 1/31/2014

    " I love Beattie's spare prose and Jane, the protagonist, who analyzes her own obliviousness in such a relatable (and heart-rending) way. The end lost me, but a good read overall. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Barb Nuttall Pramick | 1/25/2014

    " Maybe she should stick to short stories. This had no real believable plot or character development. I never cared about the people. I love her short stories. But this is not the winner I expected it to be. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rain | 12/23/2013

    " I'm sure there's a lot of meaning to be found in this slight little book, but I'll admit, it was completely lost on me... "

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