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The Chocolate Money

Ashley Prentice Norton

Set in 1980s Chicago and on the East Coast, this electric debut chronicles the relationship between an impossibly rich chocolate heiress, Babs Ballentyne, and her sensitive and bookish young daughter, Bettina. Babs plays by no one's rules: naked Christmas cards, lavish theme parties with lewd installations at her Lake Shore Drive penthouse, nocturnal visits from her married lover, who "admires her centerfold" while his wife sleeps at their nearby home. Bettina wants nothing more than to win her mother's affection and approval, both of which prove elusive. When she escapes to an elite New Hampshire prep school, Bettina finds that her unorthodox upbringing makes it difficult to fit in with her peers, one of whom happens to be the son of Babs's lover. As she struggles to forge an identity apart from her mother, Bettina walks a fine line between self-preservation and self-destruction. As funny as it is scandalous, The Chocolate Money is Mommie Dearest, Prep, and 50 Shades of Gray all rolled into one entertaining listen.

Set in 1980s Chicago and on the East Coast, this electric debut chronicles the relationship between an impossibly rich chocolate heiress, Babs Ballentyne, and her sensitive and bookish young daughter, Bettina. Babs plays by no one's rules: naked Christmas cards, lavish theme parties with lewd installations at her Lake Shore Drive penthouse, nocturnal visits from her married lover, who "admires her centerfold" while his wife sleeps at their nearby home. Bettina wants nothing more than to win her mother's affection and approval, both of which prove elusive. When she escapes to an elite New Hampshire prep school, Bettina finds that her unorthodox upbringing makes it difficult to fit in with her peers, one of whom happens to be the son of Babs's lover. As she struggles to forge an identity apart from her mother, Bettina walks a fine line between self-preservation and self-destruction. As funny as it is scandalous, The Chocolate Money is Mommie Dearest, Prep, and 50 Shades of Gray all rolled into one entertaining listen.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Set in 1980s Chicago and on the East Coast, this electric debut chronicles the relationship between an impossibly rich chocolate heiress, Babs Ballentyne, and her sensitive and bookish young daughter, Bettina. Babs plays by no one's rules: naked Christmas cards, lavish theme parties with lewd installations at her Lake Shore Drive penthouse, nocturnal visits from her married lover, who "admires her centerfold" while his wife sleeps at their nearby home. Bettina wants nothing more than to win her mother's affection and approval, both of which prove elusive. When she escapes to an elite New Hampshire prep school, Bettina finds that her unorthodox upbringing makes it difficult to fit in with her peers, one of whom happens to be the son of Babs's lover. As she struggles to forge an identity apart from her mother, Bettina walks a fine line between self-preservation and self-destruction. As funny as it is scandalous, The Chocolate Money is Mommie Dearest, Prep, and 50 Shades of Gray all rolled into one entertaining listen.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Tavia Gilbert

Length:

7h 51m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

25:53


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

20:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

10:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

11:36


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

12:31


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

45:20


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

19:39


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

13:28


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

23:32


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

35:28


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:04


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

23:34


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

10:35


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:59


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:40


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:30


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:39


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

15:53


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

10:56


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:54


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:25


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:07


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:16


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:13


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:17


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:07


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:51


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

00:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

01:56


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

22:04


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:18


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

13:38


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

30:59


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

13:48