Carousel Court by Joe McGinniss audiobook

Carousel Court: A Novel

By Joe McGinniss, Jr.
Read by Corey Brill  and Joy Osmanski

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781476791272
10.92 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781508222347

A fast, frightening, and thrillingly contemporary novel about marriage and money that early reviewers are calling “powerful” (Booklist, starred review), “propulsive” (Publishers Weekly), “totally addictive” (Bookish), and “a novel of unrelenting tension” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).Here is one of the most engrossing, unnerving, and exhilarating novels in recent memory. It comes to us from Joe McGinniss Jr., whose first book, The Delivery Man, was a national bestseller that critics hailed as “searing” (The New York Times Book Review), “compelling” (The Washington Post), and “reminiscent of Joan Didion” (Janet Fitch). Now, after spending the better part of a decade at work, McGinniss returns with another viscerally absorbing look at the seductive—and destructive—cutting edge of modern life, this time through the lens of marriage. Carousel Court is the story of Nick and Phoebe Maguire, a young couple who move cross-country to Southern California in search of a fresh start for themselves and their infant son following a trauma. But they arrive at the worst possible economic time. Instead of landing in a beachside property, Nick and Phoebe find themselves cemented into the dark heart of foreclosure alley, surrounded by neighbors being drowned by their underwater homes who set fire to their belongings, flee in the dead of night, and eye one another with suspicion while keeping shotguns by their beds. Trapped, broke, and increasingly desperate, Nick and Phoebe each devise their own plan to claw their way back into the middle class and beyond. Hatched under one roof, their two separate, secret agendas will inevitably collide. Combining the excruciating honesty of Richard Yates’s Revolutionary Road with the social urgency of George Packer’s The Unwinding, Carousel Court is a blistering and unforgettable vision of contemporary life. It has the ambition of our most serious literary work and the soul of a thriller, managing to be simultaneously sexy, scary, and powerfully moving. Most of all, it offers an unflinching portrait of modern marriage in a nation scarred by vanished jobs, abandoned homes, psychotropic cure-alls, infidelity via iPhone, and ruthless choices. No matter what kind of relationship you are in, it will leave you simultaneously gutted and grateful for your own good fortune—if perhaps curious what your partner is really up to on that electronic device across the living room.

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Summary

Summary

Finalist for the 2016 Kirkus Prize

A New York Magazine Top 10 Books Selection

A USA Today Pick of Hottest Books for August 2016

A Men’s Journal Pick of Best Books for August

A Millions.com Pick of Most Anticipated Books of the Year

An Indie Next Recommendation

A fast, frightening, and thrillingly contemporary novel about marriage and money that early reviewers are calling “powerful” (Booklist, starred review), “propulsive” (Publishers Weekly), “totally addictive” (Bookish), and “a novel of unrelenting tension” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

Here is one of the most engrossing, unnerving, and exhilarating novels in recent memory. It comes to us from Joe McGinniss Jr., whose first book, The Delivery Man, was a national bestseller that critics hailed as “searing” (The New York Times Book Review), “compelling” (The Washington Post), and “reminiscent of Joan Didion” (Janet Fitch). Now, after spending the better part of a decade at work, McGinniss returns with another viscerally absorbing look at the seductive—and destructive—cutting edge of modern life, this time through the lens of marriage.

Carousel Court is the story of Nick and Phoebe Maguire, a young couple who move cross-country to Southern California in search of a fresh start for themselves and their infant son following a trauma. But they arrive at the worst possible economic time. Instead of landing in a beachside property, Nick and Phoebe find themselves cemented into the dark heart of foreclosure alley, surrounded by neighbors being drowned by their underwater homes who set fire to their belongings, flee in the dead of night, and eye one another with suspicion while keeping shotguns by their beds. Trapped, broke, and increasingly desperate, Nick and Phoebe each devise their own plan to claw their way back into the middle class and beyond. Hatched under one roof, their two separate, secret agendas will inevitably collide.

Combining the excruciating honesty of Richard Yates’s Revolutionary Road with the social urgency of George Packer’s The Unwinding, Carousel Court is a blistering and unforgettable vision of contemporary life. It has the ambition of our most serious literary work and the soul of a thriller, managing to be simultaneously sexy, scary, and powerfully moving. Most of all, it offers an unflinching portrait of modern marriage in a nation scarred by vanished jobs, abandoned homes, psychotropic cure-alls, infidelity via iPhone, and ruthless choices. No matter what kind of relationship you are in, it will leave you simultaneously gutted and grateful for your own good fortune—if perhaps curious what your partner is really up to on that electronic device across the living room.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A fearless novel about a family and a society on the brink…Harrowing but, against all odds, ultimately tender.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“McGinniss spins an edgy tale, often laced with a reporter’s eye for the little details that make characters pop.” Washington Post
“A portrait of a marriage as volatile as the economy.” Millions
“McGinniss covers familiar territory in the marketplace and marriage but injects it with an urgency, a sense of constant, inescapable threat that all adds up to a taut page-turner.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Narrators Corey Brill and Joy Osmanski are Nick and Phoebe Maguire..Brill captures the alternating passivity and frustration of Nick…Osmanski portrays [Phoebe] as inexpressive, blurred by chemicals, and masking most emotions except her disdain for her husband—and herself. Despite the novel’s dreariness, Brill and Osmanski manage to convince us that even those at the bottom can find a way back up.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Joe McGinniss Jr.

Author Bio: Joe McGinniss Jr.

Joe McGinniss is a writer of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction. He first came to prominence with the bestseller The Selling of the President, which described the marketing of the then-presidential candidate Richard Nixon, and he has authored numerous books since then.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 10.92
Audience: Adult
Language: English