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The Underside of Joy

Sere Prince Halverson

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Set against the backdrop of Redwood forests and shimmering vineyards, Seré Prince Halverson's compelling debut tells the story of two women, bound by an unspeakable loss, who each claims to be the mother of the same two children. To Ella Beene, happiness means living in the northern California river town of Elbow with her husband, Joe, and his two young children. Yet one summer day Joe breaks his own rule-never turn your back on the ocean-and a sleeper wave strikes him down, drowning not only the man but his many secrets. For three years, Ella has been the only mother the kids have known and has believed that their biological mother, Paige, abandoned them. But when Paige shows up at the funeral, intent on reclaiming the children, Ella soon realizes there may be more to Paige and Joe's story. "Ella's the best thing that's happened to this family," say her close-knit Italian-American in-laws, for generations the proprietors of a local market. But their devotion quickly falters when the custody fight between mother and stepmother urgently and powerfully collides with Ella's quest for truth. The Underside of Joy is not a fairy-tale version of stepmotherhood pitting good Ella against evil Paige, but an exploration of the complex relationship of two mothers. Their conflict uncovers a map of scars-both physical and emotional-to the families' deeply buried tragedies, including Italian internment camps during World War II and postpartum psychosis. Weaving a rich fictional tapestry abundantly alive with the glorious natural beauty of the novel's setting, Halverson is a captivating guide through the flora and fauna of human emotion-grief and anger, shame and forgiveness, happiness and its shadow complement . . . the underside of joy.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Geneva Carr

Length:

9h 30m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

18:49


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

17:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

21:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

23:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

10:54


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

23:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

20:11


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:21


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

12:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

15:41


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

17:58


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

19:14


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:36


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

21:20


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

27:13


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

24:12


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

17:57


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

25:34


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:00


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:07


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

14:52


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:01


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:00


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

19:40


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

16:10


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:59


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

17:57


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

15:12


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

13:47


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

23:33


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

23:17


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

14:25


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:34


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:08


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

15:41


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:50


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:36