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Stranger, Father, Beloved

Taylor Larsen

In the tradition of Tom Perrotta's Little Children, a "mesmerizing, unsparing" (Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!) debut novel about a wealthy man who has reached a crossroads after a lifetime of repression and denial, sending him-and his family-into a slow spiral towards a total breakdown. When Michael sees his wife Nancy chatting with a stranger at a party, his intuition tells him that he's watching her with the man she should have married. He quickly begins a campaign to replace himself within his own family with this other man-who, to him, is worthier, better, and kinder-all so his faithful wife Nancy, his beautiful teenage daughter Ryan, and his young son Max can live the lives they deserve. While Michael pursues this man's friendship, Ryan goes through a period of sexual awakening and rebellion and distances herself from her family, and the quiet, weak Nancy becomes increasingly befuddled and frustrated by the behaviors of her husband and daughter. As tension and uncertainty build in their home, the James family slowly unravels. With the quiet intensity of the film American Beauty and the emotional sensitivity of Lorrie Moore, Taylor Larsen creates a powerful and moving story about the fracturing of a family and its descent into chaos.

In the tradition of Tom Perrotta's Little Children, a "mesmerizing, unsparing" (Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!) debut novel about a wealthy man who has reached a crossroads after a lifetime of repression and denial, sending him-and his family-into a slow spiral towards a total breakdown. When Michael sees his wife Nancy chatting with a stranger at a party, his intuition tells him that he's watching her with the man she should have married. He quickly begins a campaign to replace himself within his own family with this other man-who, to him, is worthier, better, and kinder-all so his faithful wife Nancy, his beautiful teenage daughter Ryan, and his young son Max can live the lives they deserve. While Michael pursues this man's friendship, Ryan goes through a period of sexual awakening and rebellion and distances herself from her family, and the quiet, weak Nancy becomes increasingly befuddled and frustrated by the behaviors of her husband and daughter. As tension and uncertainty build in their home, the James family slowly unravels. With the quiet intensity of the film American Beauty and the emotional sensitivity of Lorrie Moore, Taylor Larsen creates a powerful and moving story about the fracturing of a family and its descent into chaos.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

In the tradition of Tom Perrotta's Little Children, a "mesmerizing, unsparing" (Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!) debut novel about a wealthy man who has reached a crossroads after a lifetime of repression and denial, sending him-and his family-into a slow spiral towards a total breakdown. When Michael sees his wife Nancy chatting with a stranger at a party, his intuition tells him that he's watching her with the man she should have married. He quickly begins a campaign to replace himself within his own family with this other man-who, to him, is worthier, better, and kinder-all so his faithful wife Nancy, his beautiful teenage daughter Ryan, and his young son Max can live the lives they deserve. While Michael pursues this man's friendship, Ryan goes through a period of sexual awakening and rebellion and distances herself from her family, and the quiet, weak Nancy becomes increasingly befuddled and frustrated by the behaviors of her husband and daughter. As tension and uncertainty build in their home, the James family slowly unravels. With the quiet intensity of the film American Beauty and the emotional sensitivity of Lorrie Moore, Taylor Larsen creates a powerful and moving story about the fracturing of a family and its descent into chaos.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Joy Osmanski, Rebekkah Ross, Corey Brill

Length:

7h 58m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:30


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

28:25


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

34:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

33:24


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

27:31


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

21:36


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

26:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

39:51


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

40:44


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

12:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

28:28


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

47:39


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:45


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

34:00


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:35


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

19:58


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

32:01


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

20:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

00:54