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An Act of Love

Nancy Thayer

Reminiscent of Judith Guest's Ordinary People, this novel is a deeply moving portrait of a family torn apart by a search for truth. Deftly capturing both the comfort and security of family bonds and the pain when these bonds are assaulted, Nancy Thayer has created a powerful domestic drama. The McFarland's marriage is a success: they rejoice in their seven years together and in the friendship that has developed between Emily and Bruce, teenaged children from each of their first marriages. But when Emily attempts suicide at her boarding school, it is only the first indication of a dangerous compulsion simmering beneath the calm surface of the McFarland household. From its stark opening scene in a hospital emergency room to the final hopeful evening, An Act of Love will hold you in its spell. Narrator Barbara Caruso adds both warmth and emotional tension to a story that challenges conventional notions of punishment and forgiveness.

Reminiscent of Judith Guest's Ordinary People, this novel is a deeply moving portrait of a family torn apart by a search for truth. Deftly capturing both the comfort and security of family bonds and the pain when these bonds are assaulted, Nancy Thayer has created a powerful domestic drama. The McFarland's marriage is a success: they rejoice in their seven years together and in the friendship that has developed between Emily and Bruce, teenaged children from each of their first marriages. But when Emily attempts suicide at her boarding school, it is only the first indication of a dangerous compulsion simmering beneath the calm surface of the McFarland household. From its stark opening scene in a hospital emergency room to the final hopeful evening, An Act of Love will hold you in its spell. Narrator Barbara Caruso adds both warmth and emotional tension to a story that challenges conventional notions of punishment and forgiveness.
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Reminiscent of Judith Guest's Ordinary People, this novel is a deeply moving portrait of a family torn apart by a search for truth. Deftly capturing both the comfort and security of family bonds and the pain when these bonds are assaulted, Nancy Thayer has created a powerful domestic drama. The McFarland's marriage is a success: they rejoice in their seven years together and in the friendship that has developed between Emily and Bruce, teenaged children from each of their first marriages. But when Emily attempts suicide at her boarding school, it is only the first indication of a dangerous compulsion simmering beneath the calm surface of the McFarland household. From its stark opening scene in a hospital emergency room to the final hopeful evening, An Act of Love will hold you in its spell. Narrator Barbara Caruso adds both warmth and emotional tension to a story that challenges conventional notions of punishment and forgiveness.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Barbara Caruso

Length:

10h 9m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:15


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:56


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

19:20


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

22:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

23:38


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

18:50


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

16:26


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

20:47


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

17:04


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

15:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

26:48


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

13:32


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

17:58


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

27:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

21:20


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

25:00


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

25:39


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

22:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

26:02


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

20:06


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

19:48


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

21:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

25:42


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

13:49


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

16:06


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

25:05


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

16:52


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

25:13


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

28:27


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

26:09


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:39