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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (49 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Olsson Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“You’re in a slump.” Nick Lasseter’s boss is talking about his job performance as a reporter for the Waterloo Weekly, but he might as well be talking about Nick’s whole life. His current assignment, a profile of a legendary liberal ex-congressman, is in trouble even before the subject abruptly dies. When Nick grudgingly agrees to write a piece about a rising female Republican legislator, he stumbles onto a political fight in which the good guys and bad guys start to seem interchangeable. Then, when he gets involved with the late congressman’s confidante, it seems that not even the deceased can be relied on to stick to their stories. Some things never change: the moral ambiguity of practical politics, and the hilarious cluelessness of young men in love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A funny, intelligent novel about people who are at odds and at home with each other, just like in a real town.”


  • “[An] intricate, ambitious debut novel…With clean, brisk prose, Olsson brings a specific, authentic sense of character, time and place to this story of Texas politicians and muckrakers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Anna Fields gives another in a string of fine performances…Fields reads with a keen sense of character and a superb sense of timing. She is also adept at making each character seem charming, funny, or serious, as needed, without losing focus on the novel’s plot, thus making this Texas story a pleasant diversion that will surely appeal to most listeners.”


  • “This wry love letter to Austin (formerly Waterloo), Texas, is steeped in nostalgia for the halcyon years of the late 1970s, when the music was fine, the beer was free, and the city seemed awash in addled good humor…Olsson displays an enviably light touch and a deep affection for her hometown.”


  • “Olsson’s dry irony, nuanced observations and enjoyably moody atmosphere build into a sophisticated portrait of her hometown…A debut to be enjoyed by idealists everywhere, and one bound to get Austin locals gossiping.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2006 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award Honourable Mention

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Frances | 10/22/2013

    " Set in a fictional Austin, Texas. Interesting depiction, but nothing special. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Juju | 8/12/2013

    " The best and only novel about Austin, Tx I have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mai Ling | 12/9/2012

    " It's an inside glimpse at the world of small-town politics and the journalists who cover them. Just like my life! It was great, even if the end was a bit ... unendlike. I can't complain. The writing is great and stylish, and the characters are simply real. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sue | 8/15/2012

    " Didn't finish. Sarcastic look at politics in "Waterloo" otherwise known as Austin. Didn't really like any of the characters, so didn't care if anyone got gumption and did something. Don't know if knowledge of Austin political players matters. "

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