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Modern Gods - A Novel

Nick Laird

A powerful novel about two sisters who must reclaim themselves after their lives are dramatically upended, from an award-winning author with "a wonderfully original and limber voice" (The New York Times) "[Nick Laird's] kinetic prose, full of insight about politics, history and religion, dazzles eye and ear." -The New York Times Book Review "Nick Laird takes two experiences poles apart and unites them in gorgeous language…[with] fierce tenderness. " -Dave Eggers, author of Heroes of the Frontier Alison Donnelly has suffered for love. Still stuck in the small Northern Irish town where she was born, working for her father's real estate agency, she hopes a second marriage will help her get her life back together. Her sister Liz, a fiercely independent professor who lives in New York City, is about to return to Ulster for Alison's wedding, before heading to an island off the coast of Papua New Guinea to make a TV show about the world's newest religion. Both sisters hope to write their own futures, but the past has other ideas. Alison wakes up the day after her wedding to find that her new husband has a past neither of them can escape. While Liz, in a rainforest on the other side of the planet, finds herself increasingly entangled in the eerie, charged world of Belef, the charismatic middle-aged woman she has come to film, the leader of a cargo cult. As Modern Gods ingeniously interweaves the stories of Liz and Alison, it becomes clear that both sisters must learn how to negotiate with the past, with the sins of fanaticism, and decide exactly what the living owe to the dead. Laird's brave, innovative novel charts the intimacies and disappointments of a family trying to hold itself together, and the repercussions of history and belief.

A powerful novel about two sisters who must reclaim themselves after their lives are dramatically upended, from an award-winning author with "a wonderfully original and limber voice" (The New York Times) "[Nick Laird's] kinetic prose, full of insight about politics, history and religion, dazzles eye and ear." -The New York Times Book Review "Nick Laird takes two experiences poles apart and unites them in gorgeous language…[with] fierce tenderness. " -Dave Eggers, author of Heroes of the Frontier Alison Donnelly has suffered for love. Still stuck in the small Northern Irish town where she was born, working for her father's real estate agency, she hopes a second marriage will help her get her life back together. Her sister Liz, a fiercely independent professor who lives in New York City, is about to return to Ulster for Alison's wedding, before heading to an island off the coast of Papua New Guinea to make a TV show about the world's newest religion. Both sisters hope to write their own futures, but the past has other ideas. Alison wakes up the day after her wedding to find that her new husband has a past neither of them can escape. While Liz, in a rainforest on the other side of the planet, finds herself increasingly entangled in the eerie, charged world of Belef, the charismatic middle-aged woman she has come to film, the leader of a cargo cult. As Modern Gods ingeniously interweaves the stories of Liz and Alison, it becomes clear that both sisters must learn how to negotiate with the past, with the sins of fanaticism, and decide exactly what the living owe to the dead. Laird's brave, innovative novel charts the intimacies and disappointments of a family trying to hold itself together, and the repercussions of history and belief.
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A powerful novel about two sisters who must reclaim themselves after their lives are dramatically upended, from an award-winning author with "a wonderfully original and limber voice" (The New York Times) "[Nick Laird's] kinetic prose, full of insight about politics, history and religion, dazzles eye and ear." -The New York Times Book Review "Nick Laird takes two experiences poles apart and unites them in gorgeous language…[with] fierce tenderness. " -Dave Eggers, author of Heroes of the Frontier Alison Donnelly has suffered for love. Still stuck in the small Northern Irish town where she was born, working for her father's real estate agency, she hopes a second marriage will help her get her life back together. Her sister Liz, a fiercely independent professor who lives in New York City, is about to return to Ulster for Alison's wedding, before heading to an island off the coast of Papua New Guinea to make a TV show about the world's newest religion. Both sisters hope to write their own futures, but the past has other ideas. Alison wakes up the day after her wedding to find that her new husband has a past neither of them can escape. While Liz, in a rainforest on the other side of the planet, finds herself increasingly entangled in the eerie, charged world of Belef, the charismatic middle-aged woman she has come to film, the leader of a cargo cult. As Modern Gods ingeniously interweaves the stories of Liz and Alison, it becomes clear that both sisters must learn how to negotiate with the past, with the sins of fanaticism, and decide exactly what the living owe to the dead. Laird's brave, innovative novel charts the intimacies and disappointments of a family trying to hold itself together, and the repercussions of history and belief.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Sarah-Jane Drummey

Length:

12h 20m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:03


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:19


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:12


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:49


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:07


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:30


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:11


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:38


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:05


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:23


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:29


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:45


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:06


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:11


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:22


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:56


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:05


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:05


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:02


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:38


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:01


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:13


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:47


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:22


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:46


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:14


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:28


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:51


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:44


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:42


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:43


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:44


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:40


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:37


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:45


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:46


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:14


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:29


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:54


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:47


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:07


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:32


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:51


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:00


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:51


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:42


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:39


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:00


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:55


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:20


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:25


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:38


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:09


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:59


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:52


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:41


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:03


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:00


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:50


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:46


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:23


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:56


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:19


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:34


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:40


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:50


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:31


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:41


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:18


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:22


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:35


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:29


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:36


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:49


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:45


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:40


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:14


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:16


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:49


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:23


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:22


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:23


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:21


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:38


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:43


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:36


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:40


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:35


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:55


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:21


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:07


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:25


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:01


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:41


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:35


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:53


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:58


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:22


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:37


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:00


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:10


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:38


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

08:19


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

08:27


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

00:33