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Act of God - A Novel

Jill Ciment

Jill Ciment's books have been hailed as "stunning," "powerful," and "provocative." Alice Sebold has called her works "beautifully written." Now the author of Heroic Measures ("Smart and funny and completely surprising . . . I loved every page." -Ann Patchett; "Brave, generous, nearly perfect." -Los Angeles Times) has given us a contemporary noir novel that starts out a comedy of errors and turns darker at every hairpin turn. It's the summer of 2015, Brooklyn. The city is sweltering from another record-breaking heat wave, this one accompanied by biblical rains. Edith, a recently retired legal librarian, and her identical twin sister, Kat, a feckless romantic who's mistaken her own eccentricity for originality, discover something ominous in their hall closet: it seems to be phosphorescent, it's a mushroom . . . and it's sprouting from their wall. Upstairs, their landlady, Vida Cebu, a Shakespearian actress far more famous for her TV commercials for Ziberax (the first female sexual enhancement pill) than for her stage work, discovers that a petite Russian girl, a runaway au pair, has been secretly living in her guest room closet. When the police arrest the intruder, they find a second mushroom, also glowing, under the intruder's bedding. Soon the HAZMAT squad arrives, and the four women are forced to evacuate the contaminated row house with only the clothes on their backs. As the mold infestation spreads from row house to high-rise, and frightened, bewildered New Yorkers wait out this plague (is it an act of God?) on their city and property, the four women become caught up in a centrifugal nightmare. Part horror story, part screwball comedy, Jill Ciment's brilliant suspense novel looks at what happens when our lives-so seemingly set and ordered yet so precariously balanced-break down in the wake of calamity. It is, as well, a novel about love (familial and profound) and how it can appear from the most unlikely circumstances. From the Hardcover edition.

Jill Ciment's books have been hailed as "stunning," "powerful," and "provocative." Alice Sebold has called her works "beautifully written." Now the author of Heroic Measures ("Smart and funny and completely surprising . . . I loved every page." -Ann Patchett; "Brave, generous, nearly perfect." -Los Angeles Times) has given us a contemporary noir novel that starts out a comedy of errors and turns darker at every hairpin turn. It's the summer of 2015, Brooklyn. The city is sweltering from another record-breaking heat wave, this one accompanied by biblical rains. Edith, a recently retired legal librarian, and her identical twin sister, Kat, a feckless romantic who's mistaken her own eccentricity for originality, discover something ominous in their hall closet: it seems to be phosphorescent, it's a mushroom . . . and it's sprouting from their wall. Upstairs, their landlady, Vida Cebu, a Shakespearian actress far more famous for her TV commercials for Ziberax (the first female sexual enhancement pill) than for her stage work, discovers that a petite Russian girl, a runaway au pair, has been secretly living in her guest room closet. When the police arrest the intruder, they find a second mushroom, also glowing, under the intruder's bedding. Soon the HAZMAT squad arrives, and the four women are forced to evacuate the contaminated row house with only the clothes on their backs. As the mold infestation spreads from row house to high-rise, and frightened, bewildered New Yorkers wait out this plague (is it an act of God?) on their city and property, the four women become caught up in a centrifugal nightmare. Part horror story, part screwball comedy, Jill Ciment's brilliant suspense novel looks at what happens when our lives-so seemingly set and ordered yet so precariously balanced-break down in the wake of calamity. It is, as well, a novel about love (familial and profound) and how it can appear from the most unlikely circumstances. From the Hardcover edition.
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Jill Ciment's books have been hailed as "stunning," "powerful," and "provocative." Alice Sebold has called her works "beautifully written." Now the author of Heroic Measures ("Smart and funny and completely surprising . . . I loved every page." -Ann Patchett; "Brave, generous, nearly perfect." -Los Angeles Times) has given us a contemporary noir novel that starts out a comedy of errors and turns darker at every hairpin turn. It's the summer of 2015, Brooklyn. The city is sweltering from another record-breaking heat wave, this one accompanied by biblical rains. Edith, a recently retired legal librarian, and her identical twin sister, Kat, a feckless romantic who's mistaken her own eccentricity for originality, discover something ominous in their hall closet: it seems to be phosphorescent, it's a mushroom . . . and it's sprouting from their wall. Upstairs, their landlady, Vida Cebu, a Shakespearian actress far more famous for her TV commercials for Ziberax (the first female sexual enhancement pill) than for her stage work, discovers that a petite Russian girl, a runaway au pair, has been secretly living in her guest room closet. When the police arrest the intruder, they find a second mushroom, also glowing, under the intruder's bedding. Soon the HAZMAT squad arrives, and the four women are forced to evacuate the contaminated row house with only the clothes on their backs. As the mold infestation spreads from row house to high-rise, and frightened, bewildered New Yorkers wait out this plague (is it an act of God?) on their city and property, the four women become caught up in a centrifugal nightmare. Part horror story, part screwball comedy, Jill Ciment's brilliant suspense novel looks at what happens when our lives-so seemingly set and ordered yet so precariously balanced-break down in the wake of calamity. It is, as well, a novel about love (familial and profound) and how it can appear from the most unlikely circumstances. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Barbara Rosenblat

Length:

5h 12m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:16


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:23


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:04


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:07


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:53


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:02


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:52


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:01


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:57


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:02


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:09


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:10


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:40


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:45


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:57


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:31


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:07


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:00


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:48


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:30


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:12


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:22


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:45


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:54


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:07


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:43


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:32


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:48


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:34


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:06


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:18


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:33


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:07


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:42


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:14


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

01:58


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:21


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

01:53


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:36


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:07


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:47


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:37


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

01:23


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:47


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:12


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

01:51


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:44


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:58


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:29


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:18


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:18


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

01:55


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:40


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:10


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

02:49


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:08


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:29


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:16


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:34


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:25


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:53


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:40


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:33


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

00:35