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Queen of the Underworld - A Novel

Gail Godwin

Here at last is the eagerly awaited new novel from New York Times bestselling author Gail Godwin. Queen of the Underworld is sweeping and sultry literary fiction, featuring a memorable young heroine and engaging characters whose intimate dramas interconnect with hers. In the summer of 1959, as Castro clamps down on Cuba and its first wave of exiles flees to the States to wait out what they hope to be his short-lived reign, Emma Gant, fresh out of college, begins her career as a reporter. Her fierce ambition and belief in herself are set against the stories swirling around her, both at the newspaper office and in her downtown Miami hotel, which is filling up with refugees. Emma's avid curiosity about life thrives amid the tropical charms and intrigues of Miami. While toiling at the news desk, she plans the fictional stories she will write in her spare time. She spends her nights getting to know the Cuban families in her hotel-and rendezvousing with her married lover, Paul Nightingale, owner of a private Miami Beach club. As Emma experiences the historical events enveloping the city, she trains her perceptive eye on the people surrounding her: a newfound Cuban friend who joins the covert anti-Castro training brigade, a gambling racketeer who poses a grave threat to Paul, and a former madam, still in her twenties, who becomes both Emma's obsession and her alter ego. Emma's life, like a complicated dance that keeps sweeping her off her balance, is suddenly filled with divided loyalties, shady dealings, romantic and professional setbacks, and, throughout, her adamant determination to avoid "usurpation" by others and remain the protagonist of her own quest. From the Hardcover edition.

Here at last is the eagerly awaited new novel from New York Times bestselling author Gail Godwin. Queen of the Underworld is sweeping and sultry literary fiction, featuring a memorable young heroine and engaging characters whose intimate dramas interconnect with hers. In the summer of 1959, as Castro clamps down on Cuba and its first wave of exiles flees to the States to wait out what they hope to be his short-lived reign, Emma Gant, fresh out of college, begins her career as a reporter. Her fierce ambition and belief in herself are set against the stories swirling around her, both at the newspaper office and in her downtown Miami hotel, which is filling up with refugees. Emma's avid curiosity about life thrives amid the tropical charms and intrigues of Miami. While toiling at the news desk, she plans the fictional stories she will write in her spare time. She spends her nights getting to know the Cuban families in her hotel-and rendezvousing with her married lover, Paul Nightingale, owner of a private Miami Beach club. As Emma experiences the historical events enveloping the city, she trains her perceptive eye on the people surrounding her: a newfound Cuban friend who joins the covert anti-Castro training brigade, a gambling racketeer who poses a grave threat to Paul, and a former madam, still in her twenties, who becomes both Emma's obsession and her alter ego. Emma's life, like a complicated dance that keeps sweeping her off her balance, is suddenly filled with divided loyalties, shady dealings, romantic and professional setbacks, and, throughout, her adamant determination to avoid "usurpation" by others and remain the protagonist of her own quest. From the Hardcover edition.
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Here at last is the eagerly awaited new novel from New York Times bestselling author Gail Godwin. Queen of the Underworld is sweeping and sultry literary fiction, featuring a memorable young heroine and engaging characters whose intimate dramas interconnect with hers. In the summer of 1959, as Castro clamps down on Cuba and its first wave of exiles flees to the States to wait out what they hope to be his short-lived reign, Emma Gant, fresh out of college, begins her career as a reporter. Her fierce ambition and belief in herself are set against the stories swirling around her, both at the newspaper office and in her downtown Miami hotel, which is filling up with refugees. Emma's avid curiosity about life thrives amid the tropical charms and intrigues of Miami. While toiling at the news desk, she plans the fictional stories she will write in her spare time. She spends her nights getting to know the Cuban families in her hotel-and rendezvousing with her married lover, Paul Nightingale, owner of a private Miami Beach club. As Emma experiences the historical events enveloping the city, she trains her perceptive eye on the people surrounding her: a newfound Cuban friend who joins the covert anti-Castro training brigade, a gambling racketeer who poses a grave threat to Paul, and a former madam, still in her twenties, who becomes both Emma's obsession and her alter ego. Emma's life, like a complicated dance that keeps sweeping her off her balance, is suddenly filled with divided loyalties, shady dealings, romantic and professional setbacks, and, throughout, her adamant determination to avoid "usurpation" by others and remain the protagonist of her own quest. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Stephanie Zimbalist

Length:

5h 41m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:05


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:41


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

01:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:10


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:04


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:19


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:20


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:46


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:06


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:32


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:04


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:49


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:30


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:49


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:35


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:08


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:45


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:38


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:44


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:46


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:38


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:11


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:30


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:17


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

01:09


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:22


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:24


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:16


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:42


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:09


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:43


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:47


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:45


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:40


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:08


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:05


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:17


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:07


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:51


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:10


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:37


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:28


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:55


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:36


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:22


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:02


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:44


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:26


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:45


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:47


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:43


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:50


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:25


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:12


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:22


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:01


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:10


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:28


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:27


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:34


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:48


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:37


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:01


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

00:54