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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: June 2010 ISBN: 9781482979572
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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.”

    Booklist

  • A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kayley | 12/16/2013

    " I stopped reading this a quarter of the way in. I was so annoyed I couldn't take it anymore, and considering how short this book is that is saying something. The story itself tries so desperately to be profound but rings pretty hollow instead, and the characters themselves are so pretentious that if I were at a cocktail party with them I'd tell them to take their New York Times essays to someone who cares, and then I'd turn around and leave before even tasting the hors d'ourves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 12/14/2013

    " This was a great Saturday morning read, but I'm not sure I'd have enjoyed it so much if I weren't on a holiday weekend. The writer's strong, interesting, intelligent voice makes the hard lessons in the book go down easily - as did the ironic, self-aware humor. If anyone wants to borrow it, let me know! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joan Winnek | 12/2/2013

    " Read it in the afternoon and evening after completing My Own Country, and the contrast was startling, so at first I felt that I was reading something superficial and trendy. Then it grew on me, and I understood how the author used superficialities to point to meaning. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jes Kast-Keat | 11/28/2013

    " The Strand highly recommended her book so I trusted their recommendation. The story is set in NYC and that is probably the only reason, besides The Strand's recommendation, why I read it. The romantic storyline is a bit cliche as I have known many women/men who have been in similar enough situations. Glad I read it but not my favorite story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matilda | 11/20/2013

    " Very quick read. Charming writing. Odd, intriguing characters. Interesting imagery. Excellent palate cleanser. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcia A | 10/27/2013

    " I'm not so sure I understood it, but I think I liked it. Unrelated to the story, Willow took a bite out of the cover, not a good move for a library book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 9/18/2013

    " A little disappointing. Relationship angst because of a controlling partner, though the protagonist is exasperating too. A slim little volume. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sae-chan | 8/3/2013

    " What is this?? I didn't get it at all. The guy is condescending and the girl is egocentric. That's about it and nothing changed throughtout the story. The only thing that stayed with me is the Tiffany blue box. Maybe I should get one for my ash. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Fay | 6/12/2013

    " Still trying to like/understand Ann Beattie. It's not that I think she's a bad writer; there's just something I'm not getting about her writing. Have to pass on reviewing this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jason | 5/17/2013

    " Strange, is all I can say. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa | 10/10/2012

    " I felt like I shouldn't like this book but I did. I love novellas--this one's like a long and luxurious short story, and the ending did just what a good ending should: it felt both inevitable and surprising. (I think that's a Margaret Atwood rule for short story endings.) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Orianne Donig-Harder | 9/2/2012

    " Pretentious piece of crap. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 8/27/2012

    " I was hoping this book would've been better than it was, but still a smart, quick read. Finished it in one sitting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs. Cyberhobo Kuhn | 5/5/2012

    " An odd little novella but wow, what writing. I have a new author's writing to explore. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Constance | 4/30/2012

    " Disappointingly amateur and trite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allie | 2/19/2012

    " short and not boring "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Beth | 2/15/2012

    " Got it because of Miranda July and Lorrie Moore's blurbs on the back cover. It's not as great as they say it is, so try not to be disappointed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennyreadsexcessively | 11/21/2011

    " ugh, novella set in 80's NY about woman who falls for older-pretentious-shady man, don't bother "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 7/14/2011

    " Lovely writing but only okay story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 4/16/2011

    " Well done. Amazing ability to evoke emotion in such a short piece of work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olga | 3/10/2011

    " Very nicely. Such a 'With taste' book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rose | 2/21/2011

    " This genre (we could call it "published in the New Yorker, or may as well have been") makes me depressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/9/2011

    " I'm surprised that this novella has been getting bad reviews. I thought the writing was beautiful. If there is something readers aren't liking, I'm sure it's the characters. It's true, they aren't likable. But they also seem very real, and that's why I liked them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/15/2011

    " Reliably entertaining Beattie, though the main character was a dolt. Though that might have been the point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 1/11/2011

    " Easy short read that I picked up while waiting for a ride from the library. Not very in depth or high brow. Main character starts sounding a little whiney near the end but Beattie has talent for the short story format. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joannmullis | 1/7/2011

    " An ok narrative, left me empty. wanted more depth.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 12/12/2010

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jason | 12/6/2010

    " Strange, is all I can say. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 11/19/2010

    " A little disappointing. Relationship angst because of a controlling partner, though the protagonist is exasperating too. A slim little volume. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candie | 11/11/2010

    " Totally off beat but interesting none the less. I couldn't tell you the story line because I don't really think there is one other than it's about a girl and her messed up relationships with men. It's short so good to read on a train ride or something "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 11/5/2010

    " Not as good as Lorrie Moore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rani | 11/3/2010

    " I love Ann Beattie's writing but I did not love this story! Strong, smart woman makes horrible choice in a tool of a man and then the aftermath. Because it's Ann Beattie I kept on reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 10/30/2010

    " Still trying to like/understand Ann Beattie. It's not that I think she's a bad writer; there's just something I'm not getting about her writing. Have to pass on reviewing this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tama | 10/26/2010

    " I don't usually read short stories - unless they are Stephen King! At any rate, this one was different, a little anticlimactic but interesting. I was expecting some profound meaning, but actually, it is just life and specific tribulations. "

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About the Author

Ann Beattie has been included in four O. Henry Award Collections and in John Updike’s The Best American Short Stories of the Century. In 2000, she received the PEN/Malamud Award for achievement in the short story form. In 2005, she received the Rea Award for the Short Story. She and her husband live in Key West, Florida, and Charlottesville, Virginia, where she is Edgar Allan Poe professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Virginia.