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George Hodgman

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Description:

A witty, tender memoir of a son’s journey home to care for his irascible mother—a tale of secrets, silences, and enduring love . When George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself—an unlikely caretaker and near-lethal cook—in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty, a woman of wit and will. Will George lure her into assisted living? When hell freezes over. He can’t bring himself to force her from the home both treasure—the place where his father’s voice lingers, the scene of shared jokes, skirmishes, and, behind the dusty antiques, a rarely acknowledged conflict: Betty, who speaks her mind but cannot quite reveal her heart, has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay. As these two unforgettable characters try to bring their different worlds together, Hodgman reveals the challenges of Betty’s life and his own struggle for self-respect, moving readers from their small town—crumbling but still colorful—to the star-studded corridors of Vanity Fair. Evocative of The End of Your Life Book Club and The Tender Bar, Hodgman’s debut is both an indelible portrait of a family and an exquisitely told tale of a prodigal son’s return.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jeff Woodman

Length:

10h 57m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

23:24


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

22:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

30:43


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

24:16


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

25:09


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

43:44


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

25:41


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

28:51


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

41:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

26:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

23:01


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

16:29


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

32:09


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

23:36


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

45:56


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

13:23


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

37:49


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

31:58


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

39:37


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

31:12


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

15:48


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

17:41


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

33:50


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:47