The Grammarians

A Novel
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Author(s): Cathleen Schine
Awards:2020-Fiction-Longlist-Andrew Carnegie Medal
CD - unabridged
Audio (6 discs)
Product Number: DD46081
Released: Nov 05, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781250241740
Narrator/s: Hillary Huber
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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"This listen is for lovers of words, lovers of a great story, and lovers of a great narration. Hillary Huber does a fantastic job capturing this wonderful novel about twin girls, their love for each other, and their eventual rivalry." -- AudioFile Magazine An enchanting, comic love letter to sibling rivalry and the English language. From the author compared to Nora Ephron and Nancy Mitford, not to mention Jane Austen, comes a new audiobook celebrating the beauty, mischief, and occasional treachery of language. The Grammarians are Laurel and Daphne Wolfe, identical, inseparable redheaded twins who share an obsession with words. They speak a secret “twin” tongue of their own as toddlers; as adults making their way in 1980s Manhattan, their verbal infatuation continues, but this love, which has always bound them together, begins instead to push them apart. Daphne, copy editor and grammar columnist, devotes herself to preserving the dignity and elegance of Standard English. Laurel, who gives up teaching kindergarten to write poetry, is drawn, instead, to the polymorphous, chameleon nature of the written and spoken word. Their fraying twinship finally shreds completely when the sisters go to war, absurdly but passionately, over custody of their most prized family heirloom: Merriam Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition. Cathleen Schine has written a playful and joyful celebration of the interplay of language and life. A dazzling comedy of sisterly and linguistic manners, a revelation of the delights and stresses of intimacy, The Grammarians is the work of one of our great comic novelists at her very best.

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eAudio
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Author(s): Cathleen Schine
Narrator(s): Hillary Huber
Product Number Z100147659
Released: Sep 03, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN: #9781250241733
eBook
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Author(s): Cathleen Schine
Product Number EB00752532
Released: Sep 03, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780374712198

Professional reviews

"This listen is for lovers of words, lovers of a great story, and lovers of a great narration. Hillary Huber does a fantastic job capturing this wonderful novel about twin girls, their love for each other, and their eventual rivalry. It's also a love letter to the English language. Twins Laurel and Daphne have spent a lifetime together enjoying (really, worshipping) the English language. A family dictionary serves as the foundation of their love, and it eventually tears the twins apart. This is a fun, captivating book, and Huber is the perfect voice for it. If you love language and love an amazingly well-told story, this title needs to be at the top of your must-listen list. J.P.S. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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