Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell audiobook

Instructions for a Heatwave

By Maggie O’Farrell
Read by John Lee

Random House Audio
9.15 Hours 1
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Sophisticated, intelligent, impossible to put down, Maggie O’Farrell’s beguiling novels—After You’d Gone, winner of a Betty Trask Award; The Distance Between Us, winner of a Somerset Maugham Award; The Hand That First Held Mine, winner of the Costa Novel Award; and her unforgettable bestseller The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox—blend richly textured psychological drama with page-turning suspense. Instructions for a Heatwave finds her at the top of her game, with a novel about a family crisis set during the legendary British heatwave of 1976. Gretta Riordan wakes on a stultifying July morning to find that her husband of forty years has gone to get the paper and vanished, cleaning out his bank account along the way. Gretta’s three grown children converge on their parents’ home for the first time in years: Michael Francis, a history teacher whose marriage is failing; Monica, with two stepdaughters who despise her and a blighted past that has driven away the younger sister she once adored; and Aoife, the youngest, now living in Manhattan, a smart, immensely resourceful young woman who has arranged her entire life to conceal a devastating secret. Maggie O’Farrell writes with exceptional grace and sensitivity about marriage, about the mysteries that inhere within families, and the fault lines over which we build our lives—the secrets we hide from the people who know and love us best. In a novel that stretches from the heart of London to New York City’s Upper West Side to a remote village on the coast of Ireland, O’Farrell paints a bracing portrait of a family falling apart and coming together with hard-won, life-changing truths about who they really are. 

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Summary

Summary

A BookRiot Pick of Best Family Drama Audiobooks

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

An Entertainment Weekly “Must Read”

Selected for the July 2013 Indie Next List

Sophisticated, intelligent, impossible to put down, Maggie O’Farrell’s beguiling novels—After You’d Gone, winner of a Betty Trask Award; The Distance Between Us, winner of a Somerset Maugham Award; The Hand That First Held Mine, winner of the Costa Novel Award; and her unforgettable bestseller The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox—blend richly textured psychological drama with page-turning suspense. Instructions for a Heatwave finds her at the top of her game, with a novel about a family crisis set during the legendary British heatwave of 1976. Gretta Riordan wakes on a stultifying July morning to find that her husband of forty years has gone to get the paper and vanished, cleaning out his bank account along the way. Gretta’s three grown children converge on their parents’ home for the first time in years: Michael Francis, a history teacher whose marriage is failing; Monica, with two stepdaughters who despise her and a blighted past that has driven away the younger sister she once adored; and Aoife, the youngest, now living in Manhattan, a smart, immensely resourceful young woman who has arranged her entire life to conceal a devastating secret. Maggie O’Farrell writes with exceptional grace and sensitivity about marriage, about the mysteries that inhere within families, and the fault lines over which we build our lives—the secrets we hide from the people who know and love us best. In a novel that stretches from the heart of London to New York City’s Upper West Side to a remote village on the coast of Ireland, O’Farrell paints a bracing portrait of a family falling apart and coming together with hard-won, life-changing truths about who they really are. 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Acutely observed…revelatory, redemptive, and moving.”” The Guardian (London)
“Narrator John Lee’s lyrical cadence sets the mood…[with] his pacing, energy, and native British accent (tinged with an Irish lilt) to fit each character…Lee subtly increases the emotional tension—until everything boils over, forcing the family to face their truths. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“O’Farell’s a compassionate writer, showing us every member of the family from a variety of viewpoints, ensuring that we understand and feel for every one of them even as they drive each other mad.” Irish Times (Dublin)
“John Lee brilliantly narrates this audiobook, his deep voice bringing forth the hot summer day Gretta’s husband disappears.” BookRiot

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Author Bio: Maggie O’Farrell

Author Bio: Maggie O’Farrell

Maggie O’Farrell is the author of several novels, including her debut novel, After You’d Gone, which won a Betty Trask Award; The Distance between US, winner of a Somerset Maugham Award; and The Hand That First Held Mine, winner of the Costa Novel Award. She has worked as the deputy literary editor of the London Independent on Sunday.

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Author Bio: Maggie O'Farrell

Author Bio: Maggie O'Farrell

Maggie O’Farrell is the author of several acclaimed books, including the New York Times bestseller Hamnet, winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and named a best book of the year by the New York Times, BookPage, and more. Her other books include After You’d Gone, winner of the Betty Trask Award; My Lover’s Lover; The Distance between Us, recipient of a Somerset Maugham Award; The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox; The Hand That First Held Mine; Instructions for a Heatwave, winner of a Costa Book Award; This Must Be the Place; and I Am, I Am, I Am. She was born in Northern Ireland and grew up in Wales and Scotland and now lives in London. She has worked as a waitress, chambermaid, bike messenger, teacher, arts administrator, journalist in Hong Kong and London, and as the deputy literary editor of the London Independent on Sunday.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 9.15
Audience: Adult
Language: English