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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:
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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.”


  • “Insightful and engaging.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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