When Madeline Was Young by Jane Hamilton audiobook

When Madeline Was Young

By Jane Hamilton
Read by Richard Poe

Recorded Books Inc., Recorded Books, Inc.

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665015714

Runtime: 10.81 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

When Aaron Maciver's beautiful young wife, Madeline, suffers brain damage in a bike accident, she is left with the intellectual powers of a seven-year-old. In the years that follow, Aaron and his second wife care for Madeline with deep tenderness and devotion as they raise two children of their own. Narrated by Aaron's son Mac, When Madeline Was Young chronicles the Maciver family through the decades, from Mac's childhood growing up in Wisconsin with Madeline and his cousin Buddy, through the Vietnam War, his years as a husband with children of his own, and his cousin's involvement in the subsequent Gulf Wars. Jane Hamilton, with not only her usual keen observations of human relationships but also her humor, deftly explores the Macivers' unusual situation as she examines notions of childhood (through Mac and Buddy's actual youth as well as Madeline's infantilization) and a rivalry between Buddy's and Mac's families that spans decades and various wars. She captures the pleasures and frustrations of marriage and family and exposes the role that past relationships, rivalries, and regrets inevitably play in the lives of adults. Inspired in part by Elizabeth Spencer's The Light in the Piazza, Hamilton offers an honest, exquisite portrait of how a family tragedy forever shapes and alters the boundaries of love.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Hamilton’s careful, unpretentious prose finds moral nuances both in a full-blown antiwar debate and in the small details of Madeline’s care.” People
“Hamilton’s beautifully written When Madeline Was Young is both an absorbing, nontraditional family portrait and a shaky meditation on American political passions.” Entertainment Weekly
“Mesmerizing…Bittersweet, funny…Hamilton affirms her status as one of our most magnetic and provocative novelists.” Chicago Tribune
“Hamilton brings characteristic empathy to the complex issues at the core of this patiently built novel.” Publishers Weekly
“Richard Poe gives a fine and nuanced performance of Mac’s tale about his odd, but loving family. As young Mac, he reads with an exuberance that implies youth, then slows to his well-known gravelly warmth as Mac ages. He’s equally skilled with women’s voices, making them real without a squeak. And his even, clear pace matches the book’s atmosphere of remembrance.” AudioFile
“While Hamilton gives the political climate of the sixties considerable attention, her story is more about how people, by bonding together, can transcend tragedy and loss with love, tolerance, and humor. Recommended.” Library Journal
“Hamilton is exquisitely observant and unfailingly generous to the characters she creates: every life has weight and dignity.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Jane Hamilton

Author Bio: Jane Hamilton

Jane Hamilton lives, works, and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin. Her novels have won numerous awards, including the PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction, and The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World were both chosen as Oprah Book Club picks and made into movies. Her short stories have appeared in Harper’s Magazine. Hamilton lives in Rochester, Wisconsin.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Library CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 10.81
Audience: Adult
Language: English