Willa & Hesper by Amy Feltman audiobook

Willa & Hesper

By Amy Feltman
Read by Dara Rosenberg  and Christine Lakin

10.89 Hours 02/05/2019 Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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For fans of What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell and The Futures by Anna Pitoniak, a soul-piercing debut that explores the intertwining of past and present, queerness, and coming of age in uncertain times. Willa's darkness enters Hesper's light late one night in Brooklyn. Theirs is a whirlwind romance until Willa starts to know Hesper too well, to crawl into her hidden spaces, and Hesper shuts her out. She runs, following her fractured family back to her grandfather's hometown of Tbilisi, Georgia, looking for the origin story that he is no longer able to tell. But once in Tbilisi, cracks appear in her grandfather's history-and a massive flood is heading toward Georgia, threatening any hope for repair. Meanwhile, heartbroken Willa is so desperate to leave New York that she joins a group trip for Jewish twentysomethings to visit Holocaust sites in Germany and Poland, hoping to override her emotional state. When it proves to be more fraught than home, she must come to terms with her past-the ancestral past, her romantic past, and the past that can lead her forward. Told from alternating perspectives, and ending in the shadow of Trump's presidency, WILLA & HESPER is a deeply moving, cerebral, and timely debut

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Summary

Summary

For fans of What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell and The Futures by Anna Pitoniak, a soul-piercing debut that explores the intertwining of past and present, queerness, and coming of age in uncertain times.

Willa's darkness enters Hesper's light late one night in Brooklyn. Theirs is a whirlwind romance until Willa starts to know Hesper too well, to crawl into her hidden spaces, and Hesper shuts her out. She runs, following her fractured family back to her grandfather's hometown of Tbilisi, Georgia, looking for the origin story that he is no longer able to tell. But once in Tbilisi, cracks appear in her grandfather's history-and a massive flood is heading toward Georgia, threatening any hope for repair.

Meanwhile, heartbroken Willa is so desperate to leave New York that she joins a group trip for Jewish twentysomethings to visit Holocaust sites in Germany and Poland, hoping to override her emotional state. When it proves to be more fraught than home, she must come to terms with her past-the ancestral past, her romantic past, and the past that can lead her forward.

Told from alternating perspectives, and ending in the shadow of Trump's presidency, WILLA & HESPER is a deeply moving, cerebral, and timely debut

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Willa & Hesper is a novel with a beating heart, a love story that is also an intricate love affair with time, history, religion, and inheritance.” Chloe Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author
“What could be a novel about an intense attraction that falls apart is, in Feltman’s hands, a bigger story about how people change us—and how we welcome or resist that change.” Kirkus Reviews
“Feltman slices directly to the core of heartbreak’s ugliest moments: the temptation to fall back into patterns, to keep running from intimacy and risks. She evocatively captures the tension between aching to move on and not give up…Feltman stays away from happy-ending conventions and skillfully weaves glimmers of hope and healing throughout, making for a keenly perceptive novel.” Publishers Weekly
“Narrators Dara Rosenberg and Christine Lakin adeptly create a well-crafted and seamless listening experience.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Amy Feltman

Author Bio: Amy Feltman

Amy Feltman graduated with an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University in 2016, and now works at Poets & Writers magazine. Her writing has appeared in The Believer logger, The Toast, The Millions, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her short story “Speculoos” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016 and was long-listed for Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers. She lives with her partner in Astoria, New York.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 10.89
Audience: Adult
Language: English