A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl

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Author(s): Jean Thompson
Original Publish Date: Oct 23, 2018
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.98 hours)
Product Number: Z100137592
Released: Oct 23, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781508263043
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Description

From National Book Award finalist and the New York Timesbestselling author of The Year We Left Home comes a "powerful, beautifully crafted" (People) family saga about three generations of women who struggle to find freedom and happiness in their small Midwestern college town. A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl is a poignant novel about three generations of the Wise family—Evelyn, Laura, and Grace—as they hunt for contentment amid chaos of their own making. We see these women and their trials, small and large: social slights and heartbreaks; marital disappointments and infidelities; familial dysfunction; mortality. Spanning from World War II to the present, Thompson reveals a matrilineal love story that is so perfectly grounded in our time—a story of three women regressing, stalling, and yes, evolving, over decades. One of the burning questions she asks is: by serving her family, is a woman destined to repeat the mistakes of previous generations, or can she transcend the expectations of a place, and a time? Can she truly be free? Evelyn, Laura, and Grace are the glue that binds their family together. Tethered to their small Midwestern town—by choice or chance—Jean Thompson seamlessly weaves together the stories of the Wise women with humanity and elegance, through their heartbreaks, setbacks, triumphs, and tragedies. "Thompson's new novel draws the reader in with character and plotbut what ultimately holds the reader enthralled isher ability to capture the nuance of individual moments, thoughts, and reactions. No one writing today is better at this[an] extraordinary novel" (Washington Independent Review of Books).

All formats/editions

CD
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Author(s): Jean Thompson
Narrator(s): Cassandra Campbell
Product Number DD40125
Released: Sep 27, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781508264286
eBook
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Author(s): Jean Thompson
Product Number EB00724664
Released: Oct 23, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: #9781501194382

Professional reviews

"Cassandra Campbell's warm, elegantly articulated narration brings to life this story of three generations of women in a small Midwestern college town. Campbell's gentle pace and tone reveal the underlying desperation of Evelyn, Laura, and Grace, each of whom strives miserably to fulfill the role expected of her. Unconventional Evelyn thrives in a teaching career during WWII, but when she is shoehorned into a homemaker role after the war, Campbell captures her resentment. Evelyn's daughter, Laura, is caught in the role of peacemaker, submitting to an alcoholic husband who is especially hard on their son. Campbell portrays the developing identity of Laura's daughter, Grace, as adulthood compels her to consider whether her matriarchal legacy is inescapable, given what she knows about her beloved but inadequate mother and grandmother. N.M.C. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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