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Open House

Elizabeth Berg

An Oprah's Book Club selection Samantha Morrow's husband has left her, and after a spree of overcharging at Tiffany's, she settles down to reconstruct a life for herself and her 11-year-old son. Her eccentric mother tried to help by fixing her up with dates, but a more pressing problem is money. To meet her mortgage payments, Sam decides to take in boarders. The first is an older woman who offers sage advice and sorely needed comfort; the second, a maladjusted student, is not quite so helpful. A new friend, King, an untraditional man, suggests that Samantha get out, get going, get work. But her real work is this: In order to emerge from grief and the past, she has to learn how to make her own happiness. In order to really see people, she has to look within her heart. And in order to know who she is, she has to remember—and reclaim—the person she used to be, long before she became someone else in an effort to save her marriage. Deeply felt beautifully observed, and written with perfect emotional pitch, Open House is the unforgettable story of how a woman re-creates her life after divorce by opening her house to strangers and her heart to the simple miracle of possibility.

An Oprah's Book Club selection Samantha Morrow's husband has left her, and after a spree of overcharging at Tiffany's, she settles down to reconstruct a life for herself and her 11-year-old son. Her eccentric mother tried to help by fixing her up with dates, but a more pressing problem is money. To meet her mortgage payments, Sam decides to take in boarders. The first is an older woman who offers sage advice and sorely needed comfort; the second, a maladjusted student, is not quite so helpful. A new friend, King, an untraditional man, suggests that Samantha get out, get going, get work. But her real work is this: In order to emerge from grief and the past, she has to learn how to make her own happiness. In order to really see people, she has to look within her heart. And in order to know who she is, she has to remember—and reclaim—the person she used to be, long before she became someone else in an effort to save her marriage. Deeply felt beautifully observed, and written with perfect emotional pitch, Open House is the unforgettable story of how a woman re-creates her life after divorce by opening her house to strangers and her heart to the simple miracle of possibility.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

An Oprah's Book Club selection Samantha Morrow's husband has left her, and after a spree of overcharging at Tiffany's, she settles down to reconstruct a life for herself and her 11-year-old son. Her eccentric mother tried to help by fixing her up with dates, but a more pressing problem is money. To meet her mortgage payments, Sam decides to take in boarders. The first is an older woman who offers sage advice and sorely needed comfort; the second, a maladjusted student, is not quite so helpful. A new friend, King, an untraditional man, suggests that Samantha get out, get going, get work. But her real work is this: In order to emerge from grief and the past, she has to learn how to make her own happiness. In order to really see people, she has to look within her heart. And in order to know who she is, she has to remember—and reclaim—the person she used to be, long before she became someone else in an effort to save her marriage. Deeply felt beautifully observed, and written with perfect emotional pitch, Open House is the unforgettable story of how a woman re-creates her life after divorce by opening her house to strangers and her heart to the simple miracle of possibility.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Becky Baker

Length:

6h 24m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

02:25


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

25:48


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

11:53


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

17:16


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

14:21


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

11:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

13:51


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:13


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

14:42


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

22:35


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:49


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:56


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

10:55


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:18


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

22:30


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:32


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

14:07


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

21:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

01:46


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

13:07


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

10:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:20


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:45


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

11:53


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

10:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:01


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

12:03


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

10:02


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:58


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:41


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:08


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:56


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:22


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:16


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

12:23


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:31


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:22