Booker Prize-winning author Pat Barker is one of Britain's most powerful contemporary novelists. This eerie story of a troubled family in the north of England lets you experience the full force of Barker's original talent. Filled with startling images and incisive character studies, Another World reveals an uncanny reality where emotions and events from the past resurface in the present. Nick, his pregnant wife, their unruly toddler, and angry stepchildren have just moved into a Gothic manor in a rough part of Newcastle. Working unhappily together to fix up their living room, they discover an alarming portrait of a Victorian family beneath the old wallpaper. As the sins of that family seep into their lives, Nick must tend to his dying grandfather, who is dealing with his own past failures. Barker skillfully weaves these dark threads together until unspeakable violence seems ready to explode from every scene. Narrator Steven Crossley's mesmerizing performance highlights the novel's haunting quality and the intriguing questions it raises about part, present, and memory.
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"Nick's grandfather, Jordi, a veteran of the trenches of WWI, is dying of cancer. He has at most a few weeks, and while he is visibly imploding with disease and guilt at 101 years old, Nick must contend with his own guilt, his grief, and his need to keep the remains of a broken family from collapsing further. His second wife, pregnant with their second child, is contending with her troubled son and Nick's angry daughter. Reader Steve Crossley deftly navigates these waters with a range of voices rich in tonal quickness and varied feeling, alternately angry, rebellious, dissatisfied and usually very troubled. Barker's world is not simplistically happy or even comforting, but it is honest, and his characters are worth knowing. Thanks to Crossley, we do. P.E.F. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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