American Pop

A Novel
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Author(s): Snowden Wright
Original Publish Date: Feb 05, 2019
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (12.32 hours)
Product Number: Z100139927
Released: Feb 05, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780062892096
Narrator/s: Robert Petkoff
Publisher: HarperAudio
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"The House of Forster is built on bubbles; watching each wealth-addled generation try not to blow the family fortune and/or disgrace its name provides not only excellent Southern Gothic fun but a panoramic tour of the American Century."A?? Jonathan Dee, author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Privileges The story of a family.The story of an empire. The story of a nation. Moving from Mississippi to Paris to New York and back again, a saga of family, ambition, passion, and tragedy that brings to life one unforgettable Southern dynastyA??the Forsters, founders of the worldA??s first major soft-drink companyA??against the backdrop of more than a century of American cultural history. The child of immigrants, Houghton Forster has always wanted moreA??from his time as a young boy in Mississippi, working twelve-hour days at his fatherA??s drugstore; to the moment he first laid eyes on his future wife, Annabelle Teague, a true Southern belle of aristocratic lineage; to his invention of the delicious fizzy drink that would transform him from tiller boy into the founder of an empire, the Panola Cola Company, and entice a youthful, enterprising nation entering a hopeful new age. Now the heads of a preeminent American family spoken about in the same breath as the Hearsts and the Rockefellers, Houghton and Annabelle raise their four children with the expectation theyA??ll one day become world leaders. The burden of greatness falls early on eldest son Montgomery, a handsome and successful politician who has never recovered from the horrors and heartbreak of the Great War. His younger siblings Ramsey and Lance, known as the A??infernal twins,A? are rivals not only in wit and beauty, but in their utter carelessness with the lives and hearts of others. Their brother Harold, as gentle and caring as the twins can be cruel, is slowed by a mental disabilityA??and later generations seem equally plagued by misfortune, forcing Houghton to seriously consider who should control the company after heA??s gone. An irresistible tour de force of original storytelling, American Pop blends fact and fiction, the mundane and the mythical, and utilizes techniques of historical reportage to capture how, in Nathaniel HawthorneA??s words, A??families are always rising and falling in America,A? and to explore the many ways in which nostalgia can manipulate cultural memoryA??and the stories we choose to tell about ourselves.

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CD
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Author(s): Snowden Wright
Narrator(s): Robert Petkoff
Product Number DD42123
Released: Feb 05, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781982606640
eBook
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Author(s): Snowden Wright
Product Number EB00726317
Released: Feb 05, 2019
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN: #9780062697769

Professional reviews

"Robert Petkoff's narration keeps listeners engaged with Snowden Wright's nonlinear story. The novel covers three generations of the Forster family, beginning in the early twentieth century when Houghton Forster founds the incredibly successful PanCola Company. Petkoff channels the many characters in this convoluted, difficult-to-follow saga of yet another dysfunctional family. Most poignantly, Petkoff's Montgomery sounds successful and handsome, yet he makes listeners feel the pain of the character's heartbreak. His voice is appropriately snarky or cruel for twins Lance and Ramsey, and he never descends to stereotype for the voice of mentally challenged Harold. In a style blending fact and fiction, the audiobook spans a century of American social and cultural history while the thin plot circles around locating the secret recipe for PanCola. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"