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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (657 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Joy Fowler Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781436211390
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In Wit’s End, the New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club, Karen Joy Fowler, once again delivers top-notch storytelling, creating characters both oddball and endearing in a voice that is utterly and memorably her own.

At loose ends and weary from her recent losses—the deaths of an inventive if at times irritating father and her beloved brother—Rima Lansill comes to Wit’s End, the home of her legendary godmother, bestselling mystery writer Addison Early, to regroup and in search of answers. For starters, why did Addison name one of her characters—a murderer—after Rima’s father? But Addison is secretive and feisty, so consumed with protecting her famous fictional detective, Maxwell Lane, from the vagaries of the Internet that—rumor has it—she has writer’s block. As one woman searches for truth, the other struggles to control the reality of her fiction.

Rima soon becomes enmeshed in Addison’s household of eccentrics: a formerly alcoholic cook and her irksome son, two quirky dog-walkers, a mysterious stalker, the tiny characters that populate Addison’s dollhouse crime-scene replicas, and even Maxwell Lane himself. But, wrapped up in a mystery that may or may not be of her own creation, Rima discovers to her surprise that the ultimate solution to this puzzle is the new family she has found at Wit’s End.

Playfully exploring the blurred boundaries between reality and virtual reality, fiction and fact, Karen Joy Fowler subverts the whodunit and gives us a thoroughly modern meta-mystery with wit, warmth, and heart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What strikes one first is the voice: robust, sly, witty, elegant, unexpected and never boring. Here is a novelist who absolutely comprehends the pleasures of imagination and transformation.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “She has a voice like no other, lyrical, shrewd and addictive, with a quiet deadpan humor that underlies almost every sentence.”

    Newsday

  • “Insightful and engaging.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 2/8/2014

    " So far I'm halfway through and still waiting for something to happen-i'm not sure if I'll finish this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 2/8/2014

    " It was set in Santa Cruz, just across the bay from my home, but there was no real sense of place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lara | 2/5/2014

    " BOOK 36 OF 2009 - I think I like Karen Joy Fowler because she writes the way I think. It is sort of round-about storytelling, but it works so perfectly. You can see the story weaving together as the book progresses, but its not just a linear "story starts, story has middle, story has ending" progression. I really liked this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Pottenger | 2/3/2014

    " I liked The Jane Austen Book Club, so I went ahead and picked up this second offering by the same author. A young woman goes to California after the death of her brother, the last of her family, and stays with her estranged godmother, a famous mystery writer who builds miniatures of the murders in her books. Strange but good. Deserves a second reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/27/2014

    " Blah! There was no story for this story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelley Hamer-Jackson | 1/19/2014

    " Maybe I wasn't in the right mood for this book, but I found myself scanning ahead and not really completely absorbed in the story. The dream scenes were a bit strange and the obsession with Maxwell Lake a bit ridiculous. Saying that, I thought there are some good bones to this story, and it is nicely written, it just didn't grab me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 1/14/2014

    " Terrific, terrific, terrific. Fowler does it again. Great stuff. Probably my second favorite of hers, after The Sweetheart Season. Made me quite nostalgic for Santa Cruz (the setting of the story), which I haven't been back to since c. 1992. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brooke | 1/13/2014

    " Even the fact that the setting was Santa Cruz couldn't make up for the fact that this book just doesn't work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 1/2/2014

    " Easy & entertaining read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tressa | 12/2/2013

    " Wit's End was fascinating, amusing, and delightful. The characters and the setting were interesting and engrossing. I did think the ending was a tiny bit of a let down, but it's because I didn't really want the story to end. I just wanted it to continue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/28/2013

    " This was a choppy and kind of hard to follow book. But was so quirky and appealed to my morbid sense of humor so I kept reading and it came together by the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 11/20/2013

    " Good book. I really got a kick out of the way this woman writes. She has a great voice. The story was pretty good, but I kind of wished for more somehow. I think I'll try to read something else of her's because I loved the style so much. I need a better story from her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 3/29/2013

    " Loved it . . . very clever plot devices and excellent interior monologues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 5/27/2012

    " 3.5 - I don't know how to rate this book. I found it readable, but very odd. Admittedly, I felt somewhat the same way about the Jane Austen Book Club, her other title. This one is weirder, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick Pappas | 4/22/2012

    " It's not that bad. It's a detective story without a murder. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 2/13/2012

    " I just couldn't follow the plot lines. I read whole chapters several times over - and couldn't figure it out. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 James (DayOldNews) | 9/21/2011

    " Forced myself to finish this book, but it just wasn't enjoyable. The characters were interesting, but the plot doesn't go anywhere. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anner | 8/22/2011

    " was expecting light entertaining fluff, and all i am getting so far is meh. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tobin | 7/31/2011

    " Could not get into this book. Characters not engaging, and the prose was frankly confusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 5/11/2011

    " Absolutely full of great, funny, perceptive lines, but not so much of a great story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 5/6/2011

    " This book was hard to follow and really didn't capture my interest. At times, it seemed choppy and all the interwoven characters -- "real" and "fictional" -- could have been more interesting than they were. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 3/24/2011

    " Really wish I could use half-stars on this site; I'd probably give this book a 3.5. Enjoyed it a lot more than the author's "The Jane Austen Book Club." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 James (DayOldNews) | 1/23/2011

    " Forced myself to finish this book, but it just wasn't enjoyable. The characters were interesting, but the plot doesn't go anywhere. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karmen | 12/28/2010

    " Confusing ... many plot lines and yet they do not meet in a cohesive/complimentary way. At least for me... think I will need to re-read when I am not stressed by family holiday. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Judith | 11/23/2010

    " Hmm...I read this. I focused. I still don't understand a thing about this book or any of its characters.

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

    " So far, I liked her first book (or at least the first book of hers that I read) the best. This one had humor and some really good lines in it, and was well-written, but I was somewhat frustrated by it. There didn't seem to be much of a plot or even forward motion to the story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrea | 9/15/2010

    " I READ ABOUT 1/2 OF THIS BOOK AND DECIDED THAT IT WAS NOT GETTING ANY BETTER. I CAN'T BELIEVE SOMEONE PUBLISHED IT. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marti | 9/12/2010

    " Didn't much care for the story, the writing ... it was a chore to read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 6/10/2010

    " This book was just too confusing. I finally gave up half way thru. "

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About the Author
Author Karen Joy Fowler

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of The Jane Austen Book Club, which was on bestseller lists nationwide and spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times list. Along with her first two novels, it was a New York Times Notable Book. Sister Noon, her third novel, was a finalist for the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.