The Red House by Mark Haddon audiobook

The Red House: A Novel

By Mark Haddon
Read by Maxwell Caulfield

Random House Audio
9.67 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9780307988362

An dazzlingly inventive novel about modern family, from the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time The set-up of Mark Haddon's brilliant new novel is simple: Richard, a wealthy doctor, invites his estranged sister Angela and her family to join his for a week at a vacation home in the English countryside. Richard has just re-married and inherited a willful stepdaughter in the process; Angela has a feckless husband and three children who sometimes seem alien to her. The stage is set for seven days of resentment and guilt, a staple of family gatherings the world over. But because of Haddon's extraordinary narrative technique, the stories of these eight people are anything but simple. Told through the alternating viewpoints of each character, The Red House becomes a symphony of long-held grudges, fading dreams and rising hopes, tightly-guarded secrets and illicit desires, all adding up to a portrait of contemporary family life that is bittersweet, comic, and deeply felt. As we come to know each character they become profoundly real to us. We understand them, even as we come to realize they will never fully understand each other, which is the tragicomedy of every family. The Red House is a literary tour-de-force that illuminates the puzzle of family in a profoundly empathetic manner -- a novel sure to entrance the millions of readers of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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A New York Times bestseller

A 2012 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction

A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, June 2012

Selected for the June 2012 Indie Next List

An dazzlingly inventive novel about modern family, from the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time The set-up of Mark Haddon's brilliant new novel is simple: Richard, a wealthy doctor, invites his estranged sister Angela and her family to join his for a week at a vacation home in the English countryside. Richard has just re-married and inherited a willful stepdaughter in the process; Angela has a feckless husband and three children who sometimes seem alien to her. The stage is set for seven days of resentment and guilt, a staple of family gatherings the world over. But because of Haddon's extraordinary narrative technique, the stories of these eight people are anything but simple. Told through the alternating viewpoints of each character, The Red House becomes a symphony of long-held grudges, fading dreams and rising hopes, tightly-guarded secrets and illicit desires, all adding up to a portrait of contemporary family life that is bittersweet, comic, and deeply felt. As we come to know each character they become profoundly real to us. We understand them, even as we come to realize they will never fully understand each other, which is the tragicomedy of every family. The Red House is a literary tour-de-force that illuminates the puzzle of family in a profoundly empathetic manner -- a novel sure to entrance the millions of readers of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Absorbing…Brilliant…Haddon wends a careful path in this novel between the effervescent comedy of quirky families and the bitter tragedy of dysfunctional ones.” Washington Post
“Haddon delivers a story of remarkable complexity, exploring the rich interior lives of his characters…Impressive.” USA Today
“Particularly fresh and true.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“A chaotic but truthful portrait of what family means in this narcissistic age: less a cohesive whole than a group of individuals bumping against each other with their own needs, disappointments and…victories.” Seattle Times
“In this absorbing, Virginia Woolf-esque novel…an extended family gathers for a week in the English countryside. Perfect (or not) for that holiday with the in-laws.” People
“The story unfolds from all eight characters’ points of view, a tricky strategy that pays off, letting Haddon dig convincingly into all of the failures, worries, and weaknesses that they can’t leave behind.” Entertainment Weekly
“Engaging…The quality of the writing allows us to know this extended clan, who are on a week’s holiday, better than they know each other.” Independent (London)
“The language of [The Red House] is wonderful—particular, vivid, attentive.” Plain Dealer
“Each of the characters acts as a splintered bit of mirror for the others, so that the reader sees them all from multiple perspectives…Satisfying and believable…Haddon writes with a gentle, compassionate sense of irony.” Columbus Dispatch
“Haddon peers inside the messy dynamics of a group of relatives, each grappling with their own fears and trying to make sense of themselves as a family…[The novel] braids together themes of sexual identity, parental insecurity, and sibling rivalry, and no one gets away unscathed.” NPR
“Haddon delights in winkling…social misfits out of their natural habitats and thrusting them into very English comedies of discombobulation and befuddlement.” New York Times
“[Haddon] writes like a dream. Never showy, but often lyrically descriptive, he takes the reader with him to the core of this crazy family…He has a true understanding of the human heart.” Spectator (London)

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Author Bio: Mark Haddon

Author Bio: Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon is an author, illustrator, and screenwriter. His bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, was published in 2003 and won seventeen literary prizes, including the Whitbread Book of the Year Award, and is an international bestseller. Mark Haddon lives in Oxford, England.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 9.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English