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Once, in Lourdes - A Novel-logo

Once, in Lourdes - A Novel

Sharon Solwitz

In the turbulent summer of 1968, four high school friends make a pact that will change their lives forever. As the Vietnam War rages overseas, four friends make a vow. For the next two weeks, they will live for each other and for each day. Then, at the end of the two weeks, they will sacrifice themselves on the altar of their friendship. Loyal Kay, our narrator, dreams of being an artist and escaping her stifling family-the stepmother and stepsister she gained after her mother's early death, and the father she no longer feels she knows. As she struggles with her weight, her schoolwork, and her longing for her mother, she feels loyalty only to her three friends, determined to keep their group together at any cost. Brilliant, charismatic CJ appears to have everything-though even those closest to him can't see him as he really is. Steady, quiet Saint wants to do right by everyone, trying not to let his emotions destroy himself and those around him. And beautiful Vera's family secrets are too dark to share, even with her closest friends; caught in a web of family dysfunction, she can only hope the others won't get tangled up in the danger she senses around her. In the two-week span in which the novel takes place, during the summer before their senior year of high school, the lives of Kay, CJ, Saint, and Vera will change beyond their expectations, and what they gain and lose will determine the novel's outcome. Once, in Lourdes is a gripping, haunting novel about the power of teenage bonds, the story of four young people who will win your heart and transport you back to your own high school years. As the heady 1960s shift the ground beneath their feet, all of them must face who they are-and who they want to be. Praise for Once, in Lourdes "After writing a spate of short stories, [Sharon Solwitz] returns to the longer form with a ravishing sense of place . . . and a heightened, almost surreal, feel for how intense emotions alter our perception of the world, especially in youth. Solwitz's surging, many-threaded, com

In the turbulent summer of 1968, four high school friends make a pact that will change their lives forever. As the Vietnam War rages overseas, four friends make a vow. For the next two weeks, they will live for each other and for each day. Then, at the end of the two weeks, they will sacrifice themselves on the altar of their friendship. Loyal Kay, our narrator, dreams of being an artist and escaping her stifling family-the stepmother and stepsister she gained after her mother's early death, and the father she no longer feels she knows. As she struggles with her weight, her schoolwork, and her longing for her mother, she feels loyalty only to her three friends, determined to keep their group together at any cost. Brilliant, charismatic CJ appears to have everything-though even those closest to him can't see him as he really is. Steady, quiet Saint wants to do right by everyone, trying not to let his emotions destroy himself and those around him. And beautiful Vera's family secrets are too dark to share, even with her closest friends; caught in a web of family dysfunction, she can only hope the others won't get tangled up in the danger she senses around her. In the two-week span in which the novel takes place, during the summer before their senior year of high school, the lives of Kay, CJ, Saint, and Vera will change beyond their expectations, and what they gain and lose will determine the novel's outcome. Once, in Lourdes is a gripping, haunting novel about the power of teenage bonds, the story of four young people who will win your heart and transport you back to your own high school years. As the heady 1960s shift the ground beneath their feet, all of them must face who they are-and who they want to be. Praise for Once, in Lourdes "After writing a spate of short stories, [Sharon Solwitz] returns to the longer form with a ravishing sense of place . . . and a heightened, almost surreal, feel for how intense emotions alter our perception of the world, especially in youth. Solwitz's surging, many-threaded, com
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In the turbulent summer of 1968, four high school friends make a pact that will change their lives forever. As the Vietnam War rages overseas, four friends make a vow. For the next two weeks, they will live for each other and for each day. Then, at the end of the two weeks, they will sacrifice themselves on the altar of their friendship. Loyal Kay, our narrator, dreams of being an artist and escaping her stifling family-the stepmother and stepsister she gained after her mother's early death, and the father she no longer feels she knows. As she struggles with her weight, her schoolwork, and her longing for her mother, she feels loyalty only to her three friends, determined to keep their group together at any cost. Brilliant, charismatic CJ appears to have everything-though even those closest to him can't see him as he really is. Steady, quiet Saint wants to do right by everyone, trying not to let his emotions destroy himself and those around him. And beautiful Vera's family secrets are too dark to share, even with her closest friends; caught in a web of family dysfunction, she can only hope the others won't get tangled up in the danger she senses around her. In the two-week span in which the novel takes place, during the summer before their senior year of high school, the lives of Kay, CJ, Saint, and Vera will change beyond their expectations, and what they gain and lose will determine the novel's outcome. Once, in Lourdes is a gripping, haunting novel about the power of teenage bonds, the story of four young people who will win your heart and transport you back to your own high school years. As the heady 1960s shift the ground beneath their feet, all of them must face who they are-and who they want to be. Praise for Once, in Lourdes "After writing a spate of short stories, [Sharon Solwitz] returns to the longer form with a ravishing sense of place . . . and a heightened, almost surreal, feel for how intense emotions alter our perception of the world, especially in youth. Solwitz's surging, many-threaded, com

Language:

English

Narrators:

Phoebe Strole

Length:

10h 32m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:41


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:03


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:21


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:34


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:51


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:38


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:11


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:07


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:35


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:08


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:54


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:53


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:46


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:26


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:37


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:41


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:06


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:20


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:14


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:18


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:49


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:02


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:06


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:57


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:03


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:30


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:19


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:56


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:46


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:29


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:58


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:53


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:28


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:49


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:15


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:09


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:18


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:07


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:30


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:13


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:44


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:20


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:57


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:46


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:20


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:33


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:17


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:44


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:56


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:49


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:47


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:18


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:52


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

02:35


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:31


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:15


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:23


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:08


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:52


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:14


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:35


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:41


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:38


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:08


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:33


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:34


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:37


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:55


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

09:04


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:53


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

09:02


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:30


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:48


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:40


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:32


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:38


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:52


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:57


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:33


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

02:57


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:56


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:03


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:27


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:47


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:35


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:49


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:38


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:58


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:38


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:25


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

00:29