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San Miguel

T.C. Boyle

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Women, a historical novel about three women's lives on a California island On a tiny, desolate, windswept island off the coast of Southern California, two families, one in the 1880s and one in the 1930s, come to start new lives and pursue dreams of self-reliance and freedom. Their extraordinary stories, full of struggle and hope, are the subject of T. C. Boyle's haunting new novel. Thirty-eight-year-old Marantha Waters arrives on San Miguel on New Year's Day 1888 to restore her failing health. Joined by her husband, a stubborn, driven Civil War veteran who will take over the operation of the sheep ranch on the island, Marantha strives to persevere in the face of the hardships, some anticipated and some not, of living in such brutal isolation. Two years later their adopted teenage daughter, Edith, an aspiring actress, will exploit every opportunity to escape the captivity her father has imposed on her. Time closes in on them all and as the new century approaches, the ranch stands untenanted. And then in March 1930, Elise Lester, a librarian from New York City, settles on San Miguel with her husband, Herbie, a World War I veteran full of manic energy. As the years go on they find a measure of fulfillment and serenity; Elise gives birth to two daughters, and the family even achieves a celebrity of sorts. But will the peace and beauty of the island see them through the impending war as it had seen them through the Depression? Rendered in Boyle's accomplished, assured voice, with great period detail and utterly memorable characters, this is a moving and dramatic work from one of America's most talented and inventive storytellers.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Women, a historical novel about three women's lives on a California island On a tiny, desolate, windswept island off the coast of Southern California, two families, one in the 1880s and one in the 1930s, come to start new lives and pursue dreams of self-reliance and freedom. Their extraordinary stories, full of struggle and hope, are the subject of T. C. Boyle's haunting new novel. Thirty-eight-year-old Marantha Waters arrives on San Miguel on New Year's Day 1888 to restore her failing health. Joined by her husband, a stubborn, driven Civil War veteran who will take over the operation of the sheep ranch on the island, Marantha strives to persevere in the face of the hardships, some anticipated and some not, of living in such brutal isolation. Two years later their adopted teenage daughter, Edith, an aspiring actress, will exploit every opportunity to escape the captivity her father has imposed on her. Time closes in on them all and as the new century approaches, the ranch stands untenanted. And then in March 1930, Elise Lester, a librarian from New York City, settles on San Miguel with her husband, Herbie, a World War I veteran full of manic energy. As the years go on they find a measure of fulfillment and serenity; Elise gives birth to two daughters, and the family even achieves a celebrity of sorts. But will the peace and beauty of the island see them through the impending war as it had seen them through the Depression? Rendered in Boyle's accomplished, assured voice, with great period detail and utterly memorable characters, this is a moving and dramatic work from one of America's most talented and inventive storytellers.
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Women, a historical novel about three women's lives on a California island On a tiny, desolate, windswept island off the coast of Southern California, two families, one in the 1880s and one in the 1930s, come to start new lives and pursue dreams of self-reliance and freedom. Their extraordinary stories, full of struggle and hope, are the subject of T. C. Boyle's haunting new novel. Thirty-eight-year-old Marantha Waters arrives on San Miguel on New Year's Day 1888 to restore her failing health. Joined by her husband, a stubborn, driven Civil War veteran who will take over the operation of the sheep ranch on the island, Marantha strives to persevere in the face of the hardships, some anticipated and some not, of living in such brutal isolation. Two years later their adopted teenage daughter, Edith, an aspiring actress, will exploit every opportunity to escape the captivity her father has imposed on her. Time closes in on them all and as the new century approaches, the ranch stands untenanted. And then in March 1930, Elise Lester, a librarian from New York City, settles on San Miguel with her husband, Herbie, a World War I veteran full of manic energy. As the years go on they find a measure of fulfillment and serenity; Elise gives birth to two daughters, and the family even achieves a celebrity of sorts. But will the peace and beauty of the island see them through the impending war as it had seen them through the Depression? Rendered in Boyle's accomplished, assured voice, with great period detail and utterly memorable characters, this is a moving and dramatic work from one of America's most talented and inventive storytellers.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Barbara Caruso

Length:

14h 31m


Chapters

Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

14:37


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

19:50


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

10:00


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

13:55


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

18:30


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

17:08


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

14:51


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

18:26


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

19:42


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

28:29


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

12:31


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

12:56


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

15:04


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

17:11


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

10:51


Part 1, Chapter 16
Part 1, Chapter 16

10:18


Part 1, Chapter 17
Part 1, Chapter 17

13:45


Part 1, Chapter 18
Part 1, Chapter 18

12:52


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

19:49


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

18:22


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

22:32


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

19:03


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

11:34


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

11:54


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

16:13


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

11:57


Part 2, Chapter 27
Part 2, Chapter 27

31:51


Part 2, Chapter 28
Part 2, Chapter 28

25:11


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

15:55


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

18:20


Part 3, Chapter 31
Part 3, Chapter 31

13:34


Part 3, Chapter 32
Part 3, Chapter 32

09:35


Part 3, Chapter 33
Part 3, Chapter 33

15:22


Part 3, Chapter 34
Part 3, Chapter 34

08:25


Part 3, Chapter 35
Part 3, Chapter 35

19:11


Part 3, Chapter 36
Part 3, Chapter 36

10:17


Part 3, Chapter 37
Part 3, Chapter 37

19:03


Part 3, Chapter 38
Part 3, Chapter 38

25:53


Part 3, Chapter 39
Part 3, Chapter 39

09:55


Part 3, Chapter 40
Part 3, Chapter 40

10:40


Part 3, Chapter 41
Part 3, Chapter 41

14:39


Part 3, Chapter 42
Part 3, Chapter 42

16:07


Part 3, Chapter 43
Part 3, Chapter 43

08:10


Part 3, Chapter 44
Part 3, Chapter 44

23:30


Part 3, Chapter 45
Part 3, Chapter 45

20:24


Part 3, Chapter 46
Part 3, Chapter 46

24:40


Part 3, Chapter 47
Part 3, Chapter 47

13:48


Part 3, Chapter 48
Part 3, Chapter 48

32:09


Part 3, Chapter 49
Part 3, Chapter 49

07:34


Part 3, Chapter 50
Part 3, Chapter 50

27:07


Part 3, Chapter 51
Part 3, Chapter 51

21:41


Part 3, Chapter 52
Part 3, Chapter 52

16:36