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Burning Down the House - A novel

Jane Mendelsohn

"It begins with a child . . ." So opens Jane Mendelsohn's powerful, riveting new novel. A classic family tale colliding with the twenty-first century, Burning Down the House tells the story of two girls. Neva, from the mountains of Russia, was sold into the sex trade at the age of ten; Poppy is the adopted daughter of Steve, the patriarch of a successful New York real estate clan, the Zanes. She is his sister's orphaned child. One of these young women will unwittingly help bring down this grand household with the inexorability of Greek tragedy, and the other will summon everything she's learned and all her strength to try to save its members from themselves. In cinematic, dazzlingly described scenes, we enter the lavish universe of the Zane family, from a wedding in an English manor house to the trans-global world of luxury hotels and restaurants-from New York to Rome, Istanbul to Laos. As we meet them all-Steve's second wife, his children from his first marriage, the twins from the second, their friends and household staff-we enter with visceral immediacy an emotional world filled with a dynamic family's loves, jealousies, and yearnings. In lush, exact prose, Mendelsohn transforms their private stories into a panoramic drama about a family's struggles to face the challenges of internal rivalry, a tragic love, and a shifting empire. Set against the backdrop of financial crisis, globalization, and human trafficking, the novel finds inextricable connections between the personal and the political. Dramatic, compassionate, and psychologically complex, Burning Down the House is both wrenching and unputdownable, an unforgettable portrayal of a single family caught up in the earthquake that is our contemporary world. From the Hardcover edition.

"It begins with a child . . ." So opens Jane Mendelsohn's powerful, riveting new novel. A classic family tale colliding with the twenty-first century, Burning Down the House tells the story of two girls. Neva, from the mountains of Russia, was sold into the sex trade at the age of ten; Poppy is the adopted daughter of Steve, the patriarch of a successful New York real estate clan, the Zanes. She is his sister's orphaned child. One of these young women will unwittingly help bring down this grand household with the inexorability of Greek tragedy, and the other will summon everything she's learned and all her strength to try to save its members from themselves. In cinematic, dazzlingly described scenes, we enter the lavish universe of the Zane family, from a wedding in an English manor house to the trans-global world of luxury hotels and restaurants-from New York to Rome, Istanbul to Laos. As we meet them all-Steve's second wife, his children from his first marriage, the twins from the second, their friends and household staff-we enter with visceral immediacy an emotional world filled with a dynamic family's loves, jealousies, and yearnings. In lush, exact prose, Mendelsohn transforms their private stories into a panoramic drama about a family's struggles to face the challenges of internal rivalry, a tragic love, and a shifting empire. Set against the backdrop of financial crisis, globalization, and human trafficking, the novel finds inextricable connections between the personal and the political. Dramatic, compassionate, and psychologically complex, Burning Down the House is both wrenching and unputdownable, an unforgettable portrayal of a single family caught up in the earthquake that is our contemporary world. From the Hardcover edition.
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"It begins with a child . . ." So opens Jane Mendelsohn's powerful, riveting new novel. A classic family tale colliding with the twenty-first century, Burning Down the House tells the story of two girls. Neva, from the mountains of Russia, was sold into the sex trade at the age of ten; Poppy is the adopted daughter of Steve, the patriarch of a successful New York real estate clan, the Zanes. She is his sister's orphaned child. One of these young women will unwittingly help bring down this grand household with the inexorability of Greek tragedy, and the other will summon everything she's learned and all her strength to try to save its members from themselves. In cinematic, dazzlingly described scenes, we enter the lavish universe of the Zane family, from a wedding in an English manor house to the trans-global world of luxury hotels and restaurants-from New York to Rome, Istanbul to Laos. As we meet them all-Steve's second wife, his children from his first marriage, the twins from the second, their friends and household staff-we enter with visceral immediacy an emotional world filled with a dynamic family's loves, jealousies, and yearnings. In lush, exact prose, Mendelsohn transforms their private stories into a panoramic drama about a family's struggles to face the challenges of internal rivalry, a tragic love, and a shifting empire. Set against the backdrop of financial crisis, globalization, and human trafficking, the novel finds inextricable connections between the personal and the political. Dramatic, compassionate, and psychologically complex, Burning Down the House is both wrenching and unputdownable, an unforgettable portrayal of a single family caught up in the earthquake that is our contemporary world. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Cassandra Campbell

Length:

9h 22m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:48


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:50


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:47


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:50


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:26


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:38


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:46


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:47


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:53


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:56


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:30


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:58


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:14


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:08


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:45


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:28


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:47


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:08


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:47


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:42


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:50


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:38


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:50


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:34


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:12


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:57


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:42


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:11


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:51


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:20


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:51


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:19


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:06


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:12


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:06


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:38


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:58


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:51


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:32


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:49


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:09


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:01


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:03


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:30


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:41


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:32


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:32


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:57


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:49


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:46


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:39


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:56


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:07


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:49


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:34


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:08


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:58


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:06


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:45


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:18


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:17


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:24


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:11


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:35


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:26


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:08


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:01


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:05


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:43


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:12


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:35


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:49


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:21


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:44


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:42


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:05


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:36


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:41


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:45


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:40


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:25


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:39


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:35


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:45


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:55


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:32


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:32


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:11


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:30


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:30


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:52


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

00:31