No. 4 Imperial Lane by Jonathan Weisman audiobook

No. 4 Imperial Lane: A Novel

By Jonathan Weisman
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From post-punk Brighton to revolutionary Angola, an incredible coming-of-age story that stretches across nations and decades, reminding us what it really means to come home. "Weisman has written a tragedy of rare power and richness...If lately you've been shuffling through too many novels that feel a little unambitious, vaguely sentimental, even adolescent, No. 4 Imperial Lane could give your summer reading some real depth." -- Ron Charles, The Washington Post It's 1988 at the University of Sussex, where kids sport Mohawks and light up to the otherworldly sounds of the Cocteau Twins, as conversation drifts from structuralism to Thatcher to the bloody Labour Students. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, David Heller has taken a job as a live-in aide to current quadriplegic and former playboy, Hans Bromwell-in part to extend his stay studying abroad, but in truth, he's looking to escape his own family still paralyzed by the death of his younger sister ten years on. When David moves into the Bromwell house, his life becomes quickly entwined with those of Hans, his alcoholic sister, Elizabeth, and her beautiful fatherless daughter, as they navigate their new role as fallen aristocracy. As David befriends the Bromwells, the details behind the family's staggering fall from grace are slowly revealed: How Elizabeth's love affair with a Portuguese physician carried the young English girl right into the bloody battlefields of colonial Africa, where an entire continent bellowed for independence, and a single event left a family broken forever. A sweeping debut by a seasoned political reporter, written in prose as lush and evocative as it is deeply funny, No. 4 Imperial Lane artfully shifts through time, from the high politics of embassy backrooms and the bloody events of a ground war to the budding romance found in pot-filled dorm rooms, and those unforgettable moments when childhood gives way to becoming an adult. Reminiscent of Nick Hornby and Alan Hollinghurst, here is a book about the intersection of damaged lives; a book that asks whether it is possible for an unexpected stranger to piece a family back together again.

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From post-punk Brighton to revolutionary Angola, an incredible coming-of-age story that stretches across nations and decades, reminding us what it really means to come home. "Weisman has written a tragedy of rare power and richness...If lately you've been shuffling through too many novels that feel a little unambitious, vaguely sentimental, even adolescent, No. 4 Imperial Lane could give your summer reading some real depth." -- Ron Charles, The Washington Post It's 1988 at the University of Sussex, where kids sport Mohawks and light up to the otherworldly sounds of the Cocteau Twins, as conversation drifts from structuralism to Thatcher to the bloody Labour Students. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, David Heller has taken a job as a live-in aide to current quadriplegic and former playboy, Hans Bromwell-in part to extend his stay studying abroad, but in truth, he's looking to escape his own family still paralyzed by the death of his younger sister ten years on. When David moves into the Bromwell house, his life becomes quickly entwined with those of Hans, his alcoholic sister, Elizabeth, and her beautiful fatherless daughter, as they navigate their new role as fallen aristocracy. As David befriends the Bromwells, the details behind the family's staggering fall from grace are slowly revealed: How Elizabeth's love affair with a Portuguese physician carried the young English girl right into the bloody battlefields of colonial Africa, where an entire continent bellowed for independence, and a single event left a family broken forever. A sweeping debut by a seasoned political reporter, written in prose as lush and evocative as it is deeply funny, No. 4 Imperial Lane artfully shifts through time, from the high politics of embassy backrooms and the bloody events of a ground war to the budding romance found in pot-filled dorm rooms, and those unforgettable moments when childhood gives way to becoming an adult. Reminiscent of Nick Hornby and Alan Hollinghurst, here is a book about the intersection of damaged lives; a book that asks whether it is possible for an unexpected stranger to piece a family back together again.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A powerful elegy for lost love and lost empire...seductive...graceful...remarkable... elegant...engaging, leavened with tenderness and gallows humor.... [A] captivating story...a braided exploration of a woman's ordeal and an empire's decline...a story both intimate and transnational...a tragedy of rare power and richness.... If lately you've been shuffling through too many novels that feel a little unambitious, vaguely sentimental, even adolescent, 'No. 4 Imperial Lane' could give your summer reading some real depth. The Washington Post
A dazzling debut, full of generous heart and insightful detail into England at the end of the '80s. I could not put this one down! Kristopher Jansma, author of The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards
Reads like a classic Elvis Costello record sounds: prickly, smart, helplessly romantic, historically engaged, and funny as hell. Imagine Nick Hornby writing The English Patient, and then add mohawks. What a sensational debut. Scott Cheshire, author of High as the Horses' Bridles
[R]edemptive and utterly transporting...an epic family story, reminiscent of Nick Hornby and Allan Hollinghurst...a singular debut. Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Weisman's prose is clear and evocative with plenty of detail but no unnecessary flourishes. A fresh, enlightening book, complex, emotionally resonant. Kirkus Reviews
[A] captivating story. Publishers Weekly
[Weisman's] evocation of the friendship that develops between Hans and David is all but flawless, a complicated and resonantly moving thing.... It's the story of this friendship that makes the novel's concluding act veritably glow with conviction, and it's that concluding act that will stick with readers long after they've closed the book. Open Letters Monthly
Jonathan Weisman's prose is thrilling, visceral. It grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. A brilliant debut. Deborah Copaken Kogan, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Red Book
There is such joy, curiosity, and appetite for the world in evidence here. The insights into the complexities of human experience are breathtaking, and will linger long in your memory. Christine Sneed, author of Little Known Facts and Paris, He Said
The marriage of history and fiction doesn't always work. But when it does, the result can be splendid. Case in point, this novel..... It's one thing to situate fictional characters in recognizable historical contexts. It's another to bring those contexts as alive as Weisman has.... [P]art literary novel, part historical fiction and part thriller [with] all parts mesh[ing] quite nicely. Winnipeg Free Press (Canada)
Like the plays of Shakespeare, whose lines float through these pages, Weisman's debut novel is full of love, ambition, scheming, and family dysfunction. David Abrams, author of Fobbit
Starts out with sharply attentive writing about a young American's life in Thatcher's England but opens up to embrace colonial African history. Library Journal
Stunning...an epic and exotic drama about the rise and fall of nations and the ebb and flow of love. Minneapolis Star Tribune
Few writers are able to bring together the counter-cultural buzz and familial upheaval of the Thatcherite era as well as Jonathan Weisman.... [I]mmersive and engaging...a wholly edifying experience...historically complex and contextually rich.... There is no way to get bored reading this book. Guernica
[A]mbitious and dazzling...a coming of age story that brings to life late '80s England. Largehearted Boy
Weisman's vivid characters and graceful detours through history will sneak inside your head. Sophisticated and multilayered, NO. 4 IMPERIAL LANE succeeds in being both charming and haunting. Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club and The Last Bookaneer

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Author Bio: Jonathan Weisman

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 12.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English