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Perennials - A Novel

Mandy Berman

"This highly anticipated coming-of-age novel . . . delivers the perfect sunny trifecta: summer camp drama, growing pains, and the enduring power of female friendships."—Redbook At what point does childhood end and adulthood begin? Mandy Berman's evocative debut novel captures, through the lens of summer camp both the thrill and pain of growing up. Rachel Rivkin and Fiona Larkin used to treasure their summers together as campers at Camp Marigold. Now, reunited as counselors after their first year of college, their relationship is more complicated. Rebellious Rachel, a street-smart city kid raised by a single mother, has been losing patience with her best friend's insecurities; Fiona, the middle child of a not-so-perfect suburban family, envies Rachel's popularity with their campers and fellow counselors. For the first time, the two friends start keeping secrets from each other. Through them, as well as from the perspectives of their fellow counselors, their campers, and their mothers, we witness the tensions of the turbulent summer build to a tragic event, which forces Rachel and Fiona to confront their pasts—and the adults they're becoming. A seductive blast of nostalgia, a striking portrait of adolescent longing, and a tribute to female friendship, Perennials will speak to everyone who still remembers that bittersweet moment when innocence is lost forever. Praise for Perennials "Berman is at her most insightful when exploring the awkward unfurling of female adolescence. . . . Perennials is a sharp meditation on the changing female body, and the ways in which such changes are often involuntary and unwanted. . . . [She] skillfully captures the details and rituals of camp."—J. Courtney Sullivan, The New York Times Book Review "Berman's command of prose is astounding. The more you read, the more difficult it is to believe that this is a debut novel. . . . Charged with hope, longing, an unexpected sensuality, and a bruised tenderness, Perennials is a book you should most definitely put near the top of your read

"This highly anticipated coming-of-age novel . . . delivers the perfect sunny trifecta: summer camp drama, growing pains, and the enduring power of female friendships."—Redbook At what point does childhood end and adulthood begin? Mandy Berman's evocative debut novel captures, through the lens of summer camp both the thrill and pain of growing up. Rachel Rivkin and Fiona Larkin used to treasure their summers together as campers at Camp Marigold. Now, reunited as counselors after their first year of college, their relationship is more complicated. Rebellious Rachel, a street-smart city kid raised by a single mother, has been losing patience with her best friend's insecurities; Fiona, the middle child of a not-so-perfect suburban family, envies Rachel's popularity with their campers and fellow counselors. For the first time, the two friends start keeping secrets from each other. Through them, as well as from the perspectives of their fellow counselors, their campers, and their mothers, we witness the tensions of the turbulent summer build to a tragic event, which forces Rachel and Fiona to confront their pasts—and the adults they're becoming. A seductive blast of nostalgia, a striking portrait of adolescent longing, and a tribute to female friendship, Perennials will speak to everyone who still remembers that bittersweet moment when innocence is lost forever. Praise for Perennials "Berman is at her most insightful when exploring the awkward unfurling of female adolescence. . . . Perennials is a sharp meditation on the changing female body, and the ways in which such changes are often involuntary and unwanted. . . . [She] skillfully captures the details and rituals of camp."—J. Courtney Sullivan, The New York Times Book Review "Berman's command of prose is astounding. The more you read, the more difficult it is to believe that this is a debut novel. . . . Charged with hope, longing, an unexpected sensuality, and a bruised tenderness, Perennials is a book you should most definitely put near the top of your read
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"This highly anticipated coming-of-age novel . . . delivers the perfect sunny trifecta: summer camp drama, growing pains, and the enduring power of female friendships."—Redbook At what point does childhood end and adulthood begin? Mandy Berman's evocative debut novel captures, through the lens of summer camp both the thrill and pain of growing up. Rachel Rivkin and Fiona Larkin used to treasure their summers together as campers at Camp Marigold. Now, reunited as counselors after their first year of college, their relationship is more complicated. Rebellious Rachel, a street-smart city kid raised by a single mother, has been losing patience with her best friend's insecurities; Fiona, the middle child of a not-so-perfect suburban family, envies Rachel's popularity with their campers and fellow counselors. For the first time, the two friends start keeping secrets from each other. Through them, as well as from the perspectives of their fellow counselors, their campers, and their mothers, we witness the tensions of the turbulent summer build to a tragic event, which forces Rachel and Fiona to confront their pasts—and the adults they're becoming. A seductive blast of nostalgia, a striking portrait of adolescent longing, and a tribute to female friendship, Perennials will speak to everyone who still remembers that bittersweet moment when innocence is lost forever. Praise for Perennials "Berman is at her most insightful when exploring the awkward unfurling of female adolescence. . . . Perennials is a sharp meditation on the changing female body, and the ways in which such changes are often involuntary and unwanted. . . . [She] skillfully captures the details and rituals of camp."—J. Courtney Sullivan, The New York Times Book Review "Berman's command of prose is astounding. The more you read, the more difficult it is to believe that this is a debut novel. . . . Charged with hope, longing, an unexpected sensuality, and a bruised tenderness, Perennials is a book you should most definitely put near the top of your read

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mozhan Marnò

Length:

6h 41m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:17


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:48


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:50


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:50


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:49


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:50


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:10


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:00


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:55


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:15


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:02


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:47


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:10


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:26


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:44


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:36


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:45


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:23


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:14


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:45


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:47


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:22


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:27


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:47


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:59


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:45


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:54


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:28


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:28


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:36


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:54


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:38


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:26


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:32


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:39


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:42


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:52


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:22


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:12


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:26


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:52


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:38


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:57


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:51


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:23


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:03


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:41


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:55


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

00:28