Elsewhere by Alexis Schaitkin audiobook

Elsewhere: A Novel

By Alexis Schaitkin
Read by Ell Potter

Macmillan Audio 9781250219633

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781250852779

  • ISBN: 9781250852779

Runtime: 7.92 Hours
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Richly emotive and darkly captivating, with elements of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and the imaginative depth of Margaret Atwood, Elsewhere by Alexis Schaitkin conjures a community in which girls become wives, wives become mothers and some of them, quite simply, disappear. Vera grows up in a small town, removed and isolated, pressed up against the mountains, cloud-covered and damp year-round. This town, fiercely protective, brutal and unforgiving in its adherence to tradition, faces a singular affliction: some mothers vanish, disappearing into the clouds. It is the exquisite pain and intrinsic beauty of their lives; it sets them apart from people elsewhere and gives them meaning. Vera, a young girl when her own mother went, is on the cusp of adulthood herself. As her peers begin to marry and become mothers, they speculate about who might be the first to go, each wondering about her own fate. Reveling in their gossip, they witness each other in motherhood, waiting for signs: this one devotes herself to her child too much, this one not enough—that must surely draw the affliction’s gaze. When motherhood comes for Vera, she is faced with the question: will she be able to stay and mother her beloved child, or will she disappear? Provocative and hypnotic, Alexis Schaitkin’s Elsewhere is at once a spellbinding revelation and a rumination on the mysterious task of motherhood and all the ways in which a woman can lose herself to it; the self-monitoring and judgment, the doubts and unknowns, and the legacy she leaves behind. A Macmillan Audio production from Celadon Books.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A compelling, poetic, and chilling novel that examines fate and fear." Booklist (starred review)
“This is a standout." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Elaborately imagined, ethereally detailed.” Kirkus Reviews
“Elsewhere takes the visceral experience of motherhood―all its private joys, invisible fears, personal losses, and vague sensations of being judged―and turns it inside out, weaving each element into a dark fairy tale that is wise, gorgeous, and deeply moving." Ali Benjamin, author of The Smash-Up

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Author Bio: Alexis Schaitkin

Author Bio: Alexis Schaitkin

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Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 7.92
Audience: Adult
Language: English