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The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

Andrew Sean Greer

1985. After the death of her beloved twin brother, Felix, and the breakup with her longtime lover, Nathan, Greta Wells embarks on a radical psychiatric treatment to alleviate her suffocating depression. But the treatment has unexpected effects, and Greta finds herself transported to the lives she might have had if she'd been born in different eras. During the course of her treatment, Greta cycles between her own time and alternate lives in 1918, where she is a bohemian adulteress, and 1941, which transforms her into a devoted mother and wife. Separated by time and social mores, Greta's three lives are remarkably similar, fraught with familiar tensions and difficult choices. Each reality has its own losses, its own rewards, and each extracts a different price. And the modern Greta learns that her alternate selves are unpredictable, driven by their own desires and needs. As her final treatment looms, questions arise: What will happen once each Greta learns how to remain in one of the other worlds? Who will choose to stay in which life? Magically atmospheric, achingly romantic, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells beautifully imagines "what if" and wondrously wrestles with the impossibility of what could be.

1985. After the death of her beloved twin brother, Felix, and the breakup with her longtime lover, Nathan, Greta Wells embarks on a radical psychiatric treatment to alleviate her suffocating depression. But the treatment has unexpected effects, and Greta finds herself transported to the lives she might have had if she'd been born in different eras. During the course of her treatment, Greta cycles between her own time and alternate lives in 1918, where she is a bohemian adulteress, and 1941, which transforms her into a devoted mother and wife. Separated by time and social mores, Greta's three lives are remarkably similar, fraught with familiar tensions and difficult choices. Each reality has its own losses, its own rewards, and each extracts a different price. And the modern Greta learns that her alternate selves are unpredictable, driven by their own desires and needs. As her final treatment looms, questions arise: What will happen once each Greta learns how to remain in one of the other worlds? Who will choose to stay in which life? Magically atmospheric, achingly romantic, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells beautifully imagines "what if" and wondrously wrestles with the impossibility of what could be.
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1985. After the death of her beloved twin brother, Felix, and the breakup with her longtime lover, Nathan, Greta Wells embarks on a radical psychiatric treatment to alleviate her suffocating depression. But the treatment has unexpected effects, and Greta finds herself transported to the lives she might have had if she'd been born in different eras. During the course of her treatment, Greta cycles between her own time and alternate lives in 1918, where she is a bohemian adulteress, and 1941, which transforms her into a devoted mother and wife. Separated by time and social mores, Greta's three lives are remarkably similar, fraught with familiar tensions and difficult choices. Each reality has its own losses, its own rewards, and each extracts a different price. And the modern Greta learns that her alternate selves are unpredictable, driven by their own desires and needs. As her final treatment looms, questions arise: What will happen once each Greta learns how to remain in one of the other worlds? Who will choose to stay in which life? Magically atmospheric, achingly romantic, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells beautifully imagines "what if" and wondrously wrestles with the impossibility of what could be.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Orlagh Cassidy

Length:

7h 56m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:39


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

42:39


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

31:18


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

01:02:15


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

04:20


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

57:53


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

01:48


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

01:59


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

15:13


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

08:17


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

33:12


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

08:21


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

14:59


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

22:56


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

15:43


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

13:56


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

08:52


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

18:22


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

02:44


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

37:17


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

11:48


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

11:51


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

10:19


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

02:39


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

01:37


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

00:43


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

01:17


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

32:16


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

00:51