Carousel Court

A Novel
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.92 hours)
Product Number: Z100136147
Released: Feb 12, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781508222347
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A fast, frightening, and thrillingly contemporary novel about marriage and money that early reviewers are calling "powerful" (Booklist, starred review), "propulsive" (Publishers Weekly), "totally addictive" (Bookish), and "a novel of unrelenting tension" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). Here is one of the most engrossing, unnerving, and exhilarating novels in recent memory. It comes to us from Joe McGinniss Jr., whose first book, The Delivery Man, was a national bestseller that critics hailed as "searing" (The New York Times Book Review), "compelling" (The Washington Post), and "reminiscent of Joan Didion" (Janet Fitch). Now, after spending the better part of a decade at work, McGinniss returns with another viscerally absorbing look at the seductive-and destructive-cutting edge of modern life, this time through the lens of marriage. Carousel Court is the story of Nick and Phoebe Maguire, a young couple who move cross-country to Southern California in search of a fresh start for themselves and their infant son following a trauma. But they arrive at the worst possible economic time. Instead of landing in a beachside property, Nick and Phoebe find themselves cemented into the dark heart of foreclosure alley, surrounded by neighbors being drowned by their underwater homes who set fire to their belongings, flee in the dead of night, and eye one another with suspicion while keeping shotguns by their beds. Trapped, broke, and increasingly desperate, Nick and Phoebe each devise their own plan to claw their way back into the middle class and beyond. Hatched under one roof, their two separate, secret agendas will inevitably collide. Combining the excruciating honesty of Richard Yates's Revolutionary Road with the social urgency of George Packer's The Unwinding, Carousel Court is a blistering and unforgettable vision of contemporary life. It has the ambition of our most serious literary work and the soul of a thriller, managing to be simultaneously sexy, scary, and powerfully moving. Most of all, it offers an unflinching portrait of modern marriage in a nation scarred by vanished jobs, abandoned homes, psychotropic cure-alls, infidelity via iPhone, and ruthless choices. No matter what kind of relationship you are in, it will leave you simultaneously gutted and grateful for your own good fortune-if perhaps curious what your partner is really up to on that electronic device across the living room.

Author(s): Joe McGinniss
Original Publish Date: Aug 02, 2016

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Author(s): Joe McGinniss
Product Number EB00626106
Released: Aug 02, 2016
Business Term: 1 Year
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: #9781476791302

Professional reviews

"Narrators Corey Brill and Joy Osmanski are Nick and Phoebe Maguire, a couple whose lives had lost value long before their California home, purchased before the recession, followed suit. Feckless, they seem redeemable only in contrast to those around them. Brill captures the alternating passivity and frustration of Nick, formerly in PR, reduced now to clearing foreclosed homes. His life--especially his marriage to his unfaithful wife--is all compromise. Phoebe, a pharmaceutical representative, has sampled too many of her own products. Osmanski portrays her as inexpressive, blurred by chemicals, and masking most emotions except her disdain for her husband--and herself. Despite the novel's dreariness, Brill and Osmanski manage to convince us that even those at the bottom can find a way back up. K.W. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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