Blow Your House Down by Gina Frangello audiobook

Blow Your House Down: A Story of Family, Feminism, and Treason

By Gina Frangello
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Gina Frangello spent her early adulthood trying to outrun a youth marked by poverty and violence. Now a long-married wife and devoted mother, the better life she carefully built is emotionally upended by the death of her closest friend. Soon, awakened to fault lines in her troubled marriage, Frangello is caught up in a recklessly passionate affair, leading a double life while continuing to project the image of the perfect family. When her secrets are finally uncovered, both her home and her identity will implode, testing the limits of desire, responsibility, love, and forgiveness. Blow Your House Down is a powerful testimony about the ways our culture seeks to cage women in traditional narratives of self-sacrifice and erasure. Frangello uses her personal story to examine the place of women in contemporary society: the violence they experience, the rage they suppress, the ways their bodies often reveal what they cannot say aloud, and finally, what it means to transgress "being good" in order to reclaim your own life.

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Summary

Summary

A Refinery29 Pick of the Best New Books of the Year

A BookPage Top Pick of the Month

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

A Good Morning America Selection

A Bustle Pick of the Week

Gina Frangello spent her early adulthood trying to outrun a youth marked by poverty and violence. Now a long-married wife and devoted mother, the better life she carefully built is emotionally upended by the death of her closest friend. Soon, awakened to fault lines in her troubled marriage, Frangello is caught up in a recklessly passionate affair, leading a double life while continuing to project the image of the perfect family. When her secrets are finally uncovered, both her home and her identity will implode, testing the limits of desire, responsibility, love, and forgiveness.

Blow Your House Down is a powerful testimony about the ways our culture seeks to cage women in traditional narratives of self-sacrifice and erasure. Frangello uses her personal story to examine the place of women in contemporary society: the violence they experience, the rage they suppress, the ways their bodies often reveal what they cannot say aloud, and finally, what it means to transgress "being good" in order to reclaim your own life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Takes on gender expectations and marital affairs in such a brutal, self-lacerating candor [that] you wonder who should play her in the movie.” Chicago Tribune
“[A] fierce and violent, a rampaging storm—a breathtaking, luminous reminder of the wreckage we are capable of making of our own lives.” Refinery29
“This memoir serves as a post–#MeToo feminist dictum about the deeply complex and multilayered emotional and sexual lives of women…with humor and a no-holds-barred self-inspection.” Library Journal (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Gina Frangello

Author Bio: Gina Frangello

Gina Frangello is the author of Every Kind of Wanting, A Life in Men, Slut Lullabies, and My Sister’s Continent. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews, and journalism have been published in Ploughshares, the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Fence, Chicago Reader, and many other publications.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 11.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English