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Wit's End

Karen Joy Fowler

"[A] delightful and eccentric new tale"(The Boston Globe) from the author of the runaway bestseller The Jane Austen Book Club In Karen Joy Fowler's newest novel, the bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club once again delivers top-notch storytelling, creating characters both oddball and endearing in a voice that is utterly and memorably her own. Wit's End is a clever, playful novel about finally allowing oneself to grow up-with a dash of mystery thrown in. At loose ends and weary from her recent losses-the deaths of an inventive if at times irritating father and her beloved brother-Rima Lansill comes to Wit's End, the home of her legendary godmother, bestselling mystery writer Addison Early, to regroup...and in search of answers. For starters, why did Addison name one of her characters-a murderer-after Rima's father? But Addison is secretive and feisty, so consumed with protecting her famous fictional detective, Maxwell Lane, from the vagaries of the Internet that-rumor has it- she has writer's block. As one woman searches for truth, the other struggles to control the reality of her fiction. Rima soon becomes enmeshed in Addison's household of eccentrics: a formerly alcoholic cook and her irksome son, two quirky dog-walkers, a mysterious stalker, the tiny characters that populate Addison's dollhouse crime-scene replicas, and even Maxwell Lane himself. But, wrapped up in a mystery that may or may not be of her own creation, Rima discovers to her surprise that the ultimate solution to this puzzle is the new family she has found at the house called Wit's End. Playfully exploring the blurred boundaries between reality and virtual reality, fiction and fact, Karen Joy Fowler subverts the whodunit and gives us a thoroughly modern meta-mystery with wit, warmth, and heart.

"[A] delightful and eccentric new tale"(The Boston Globe) from the author of the runaway bestseller The Jane Austen Book Club In Karen Joy Fowler's newest novel, the bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club once again delivers top-notch storytelling, creating characters both oddball and endearing in a voice that is utterly and memorably her own. Wit's End is a clever, playful novel about finally allowing oneself to grow up-with a dash of mystery thrown in. At loose ends and weary from her recent losses-the deaths of an inventive if at times irritating father and her beloved brother-Rima Lansill comes to Wit's End, the home of her legendary godmother, bestselling mystery writer Addison Early, to regroup...and in search of answers. For starters, why did Addison name one of her characters-a murderer-after Rima's father? But Addison is secretive and feisty, so consumed with protecting her famous fictional detective, Maxwell Lane, from the vagaries of the Internet that-rumor has it- she has writer's block. As one woman searches for truth, the other struggles to control the reality of her fiction. Rima soon becomes enmeshed in Addison's household of eccentrics: a formerly alcoholic cook and her irksome son, two quirky dog-walkers, a mysterious stalker, the tiny characters that populate Addison's dollhouse crime-scene replicas, and even Maxwell Lane himself. But, wrapped up in a mystery that may or may not be of her own creation, Rima discovers to her surprise that the ultimate solution to this puzzle is the new family she has found at the house called Wit's End. Playfully exploring the blurred boundaries between reality and virtual reality, fiction and fact, Karen Joy Fowler subverts the whodunit and gives us a thoroughly modern meta-mystery with wit, warmth, and heart.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

"[A] delightful and eccentric new tale"(The Boston Globe) from the author of the runaway bestseller The Jane Austen Book Club In Karen Joy Fowler's newest novel, the bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club once again delivers top-notch storytelling, creating characters both oddball and endearing in a voice that is utterly and memorably her own. Wit's End is a clever, playful novel about finally allowing oneself to grow up-with a dash of mystery thrown in. At loose ends and weary from her recent losses-the deaths of an inventive if at times irritating father and her beloved brother-Rima Lansill comes to Wit's End, the home of her legendary godmother, bestselling mystery writer Addison Early, to regroup...and in search of answers. For starters, why did Addison name one of her characters-a murderer-after Rima's father? But Addison is secretive and feisty, so consumed with protecting her famous fictional detective, Maxwell Lane, from the vagaries of the Internet that-rumor has it- she has writer's block. As one woman searches for truth, the other struggles to control the reality of her fiction. Rima soon becomes enmeshed in Addison's household of eccentrics: a formerly alcoholic cook and her irksome son, two quirky dog-walkers, a mysterious stalker, the tiny characters that populate Addison's dollhouse crime-scene replicas, and even Maxwell Lane himself. But, wrapped up in a mystery that may or may not be of her own creation, Rima discovers to her surprise that the ultimate solution to this puzzle is the new family she has found at the house called Wit's End. Playfully exploring the blurred boundaries between reality and virtual reality, fiction and fact, Karen Joy Fowler subverts the whodunit and gives us a thoroughly modern meta-mystery with wit, warmth, and heart.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Bernadette Dunne

Length:

8h 30m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:01


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:24


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:46


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:39


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:13


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:04


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:42


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:20


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:17


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:37


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:53


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:07


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:02


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:44


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:51


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:32


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:26


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:00


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:22


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:12


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:09


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:13


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:13


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:28


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:06


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:52


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:53


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:25


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:27


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:47


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:22


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:42


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:16


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:50


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:23


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:18


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:26


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:45


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:48


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:11


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:09


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:00


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:06


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:09


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:13


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:40


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:10


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:39


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:10


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:23


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:49


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:07


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:29


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:27


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:07


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:38


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:51


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:55


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:48


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:25


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:01


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:21


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:20


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:15


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:52


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:13


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:02


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:23


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:07


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:59


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:26


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:36


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:11


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:33


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:21


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:45


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:59


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:15


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:28


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:16


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:38


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:07


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:16


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:14


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:39


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:41


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:19


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:00