An Unexpected Guest by Anne Korkeakivi audiobook

An Unexpected Guest: A Novel

By Anne Korkeakivi
Read by Ellen Archer

Little, Brown & Company 9780316196772
8.71 Hours 1
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Clare Moorhouse, the American wife of a high-ranking diplomat in Paris, is arranging an official dinner crucial to her husband's career. As she shops for fresh stalks of asparagus and works out the menu and seating arrangements, her day is complicated by the unexpected arrival of her son and a random encounter with a Turkish man, whom she discovers is a suspected terrorist. Like Virginia Woolf did in Mrs. Dalloway, Anne Korkeakivi brilliantly weaves the complexities of an age into an act as deceptively simple as hosting a dinner party.

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Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Clare Moorhouse, the American wife of a high-ranking diplomat in Paris, is arranging an official dinner crucial to her husband's career. As she shops for fresh stalks of asparagus and works out the menu and seating arrangements, her day is complicated by the unexpected arrival of her son and a random encounter with a Turkish man, whom she discovers is a suspected terrorist. Like Virginia Woolf did in Mrs. Dalloway, Anne Korkeakivi brilliantly weaves the complexities of an age into an act as deceptively simple as hosting a dinner party.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] promising debut novel, a political thriller inspired by Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway…Korkeakivi shares Woolf’s flair for making everyday rituals (buying flowers, setting the table) seem profound.” Entertainment Weekly
“A quietly intelligent novel about a woman who, at long last, learns to be honest with herself.” Christian Science Monitor
“Captivating…Drawn from the same cloth as Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, the easy narrative flow, smooth pacing, and interesting characters compel this title about genteel intrigue of both politics and the heart.” Booklist
“This novel is so adeptly performed that in losing oneself in the suspenseful plot, one completely forgets that just a single actor puts forth so many characters. Ellen Archer’s accents, lovely French pronunciation, vocal range, and perceptive expressions distinctively portray Clare, the story’s chronicler…Archer matches the author’s taut wit and luscious imagery moment by moment.” AudioFile
“Moving between the starched-napkin ambience of high-level diplomacy and urgent questions of revolutionary activity, this engaging debut novel gently probes both without forcing insurmountable choices on its characters.” Library Journal
“Beautifully modulated…Korkeakivi produces a knowing comedy of manners, a politically charged thriller, and genuinely moving study of the human heart.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Anne Korkeakivi

Author Bio: Anne Korkeakivi

Anne Korkeakivi is a writer whose short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications in the United States and Britain, and she is a Hawthornden Fellow.

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Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 8.71
Audience: Adult
Language: English