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The Rise & Fall of Great Powers - A Novel

Tom Rachman

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • The Seattle Times • The Globe and Mail • Kirkus Reviews • Daily Mail • The Vancouver Sun For fans of Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, and Donna Tartt-the brilliant, intricately woven new novel by Tom Rachman, author of The Imperfectionists Following one of the most critically acclaimed fiction debuts in years, New York Times bestselling author Tom Rachman returns with a brilliant, intricately woven novel about a young woman who travels the world to make sense of her puzzling past. Tooly Zylberberg, the American owner of an isolated bookshop in the Welsh countryside, conducts a life full of reading, but with few human beings. Books are safer than people, who might ask awkward questions about her life. She prefers never to mention the strange events of her youth, which mystify and worry her still. Taken from home as a girl, Tooly found herself spirited away by a group of seductive outsiders, implicated in capers from Asia to Europe to the United States. But who were her abductors? Why did they take her? What did they really want? There was Humphrey, the curmudgeonly Russian with a passion for reading; there was the charming but tempestuous Sarah, who sowed chaos in her wake; and there was Venn, the charismatic leader whose worldview transformed Tooly forever. Until, quite suddenly, he disappeared. Years later, Tooly believes she will never understand the true story of her own life. Then startling news arrives from a long-lost boyfriend in New York, raising old mysteries and propelling her on a quest around the world in search of answers. Tom Rachman-an author celebrated for humanity, humor, and wonderful characters-has produced a stunning novel that reveals the tale not just of one woman but of the past quarter-century as well, from the end of the Cold War to the dominance of American empire to the digital revolution of today. Leaping between decades, and from Bangkok to Brooklyn, this is a breathtaking novel about long-buried secrets and how we must choose

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • The Seattle Times • The Globe and Mail • Kirkus Reviews • Daily Mail • The Vancouver Sun For fans of Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, and Donna Tartt-the brilliant, intricately woven new novel by Tom Rachman, author of The Imperfectionists Following one of the most critically acclaimed fiction debuts in years, New York Times bestselling author Tom Rachman returns with a brilliant, intricately woven novel about a young woman who travels the world to make sense of her puzzling past. Tooly Zylberberg, the American owner of an isolated bookshop in the Welsh countryside, conducts a life full of reading, but with few human beings. Books are safer than people, who might ask awkward questions about her life. She prefers never to mention the strange events of her youth, which mystify and worry her still. Taken from home as a girl, Tooly found herself spirited away by a group of seductive outsiders, implicated in capers from Asia to Europe to the United States. But who were her abductors? Why did they take her? What did they really want? There was Humphrey, the curmudgeonly Russian with a passion for reading; there was the charming but tempestuous Sarah, who sowed chaos in her wake; and there was Venn, the charismatic leader whose worldview transformed Tooly forever. Until, quite suddenly, he disappeared. Years later, Tooly believes she will never understand the true story of her own life. Then startling news arrives from a long-lost boyfriend in New York, raising old mysteries and propelling her on a quest around the world in search of answers. Tom Rachman-an author celebrated for humanity, humor, and wonderful characters-has produced a stunning novel that reveals the tale not just of one woman but of the past quarter-century as well, from the end of the Cold War to the dominance of American empire to the digital revolution of today. Leaping between decades, and from Bangkok to Brooklyn, this is a breathtaking novel about long-buried secrets and how we must choose
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Fiction

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • The Seattle Times • The Globe and Mail • Kirkus Reviews • Daily Mail • The Vancouver Sun For fans of Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, and Donna Tartt-the brilliant, intricately woven new novel by Tom Rachman, author of The Imperfectionists Following one of the most critically acclaimed fiction debuts in years, New York Times bestselling author Tom Rachman returns with a brilliant, intricately woven novel about a young woman who travels the world to make sense of her puzzling past. Tooly Zylberberg, the American owner of an isolated bookshop in the Welsh countryside, conducts a life full of reading, but with few human beings. Books are safer than people, who might ask awkward questions about her life. She prefers never to mention the strange events of her youth, which mystify and worry her still. Taken from home as a girl, Tooly found herself spirited away by a group of seductive outsiders, implicated in capers from Asia to Europe to the United States. But who were her abductors? Why did they take her? What did they really want? There was Humphrey, the curmudgeonly Russian with a passion for reading; there was the charming but tempestuous Sarah, who sowed chaos in her wake; and there was Venn, the charismatic leader whose worldview transformed Tooly forever. Until, quite suddenly, he disappeared. Years later, Tooly believes she will never understand the true story of her own life. Then startling news arrives from a long-lost boyfriend in New York, raising old mysteries and propelling her on a quest around the world in search of answers. Tom Rachman-an author celebrated for humanity, humor, and wonderful characters-has produced a stunning novel that reveals the tale not just of one woman but of the past quarter-century as well, from the end of the Cold War to the dominance of American empire to the digital revolution of today. Leaping between decades, and from Bangkok to Brooklyn, this is a breathtaking novel about long-buried secrets and how we must choose

Language:

English

Narrators:

Penelope Rawlins

Length:

14h 51m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:13


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:28


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:24


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:46


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:34


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:54


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:50


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:12


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:27


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:33


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:10


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:34


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:18


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:52


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:31


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:00


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:44


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:39


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:51


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:09


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:55


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:13


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:47


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:45


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:54


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:20


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:38


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:07


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:48


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:25


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:32


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:49


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:22


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:01


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:37


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:37


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:41


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:59


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:20


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:36


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:07


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:53


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:52


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:50


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:16


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:46


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:34


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:39


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:12


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:10


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:47


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:33


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:58


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

09:09


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:35


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:02


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:11


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:03


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:52


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:31


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:39


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:50


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:50


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:53


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:13


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:50


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:38


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:36


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:44


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:26


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:33


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:22


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:24


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:20


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:13


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:30


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:23


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:23


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:34


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:57


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:30


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:00


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:13


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:52


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

09:11


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

09:43


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

09:47


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

09:42


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

09:08


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:46


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

09:39


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:53


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

08:35


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:08


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:05


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

09:31


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

08:32


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

09:23


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:54


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:48


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

09:13


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:14


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:52


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:33


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:34


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:30


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:29


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

08:44


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

08:42


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:51


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:14


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

00:30