Christodora by Tim Murphy audiobook

Christodora: A Novel

By Tim Murphy
Read by various narrators

Blackstone Publishing 9780802125286
17.23 Hours Unabridged
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In this vivid and compelling novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan’s East Village, the Christodora. The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. Their neighbor, Hector, a Puerto Rican gay man who was once a celebrated AIDS activist but is now a lonely addict, becomes connected to Milly and Jared’s lives in ways none of them can anticipate. Meanwhile, Milly and Jared’s adopted son Mateo grows to see the opportunity for both self-realization and oblivion that New York offers. As the junkies and protesters of the 1980s give way to the hipsters of the 2000s and they, in turn, to the wealthy residents of the crowded, glass-towered city of the 2020s, enormous changes rock the personal lives of Milly and Jared and the constellation of people around them. Moving kaleidoscopically from the Tompkins Square Riots and attempts by activists to galvanize a true response to the AIDS epidemic, to the New York City of the future, Christodora recounts the heartbreak wrought by AIDS, illustrates the allure and destructive power of hard drugs, and brings to life the ever-changing city itself.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

An Audible Editors Top Pick

Finalist for the Voice Arts Award for Best Casting

Longlisted for the 2017 Carnegie Medal for Literature

A BookRiot Pick of Readers' Choices for Best Activism Fiction

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice for LGBT Fiction

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick of Best Books of 2016

A 2017 ALA Notable Book

An Indie Next List Selection

A BookRiot Pick of Best Books of July 2016 

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Big Indie Books of Fall 2016

In this vivid and compelling novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan’s East Village, the Christodora. The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. Their neighbor, Hector, a Puerto Rican gay man who was once a celebrated AIDS activist but is now a lonely addict, becomes connected to Milly and Jared’s lives in ways none of them can anticipate. Meanwhile, Milly and Jared’s adopted son Mateo grows to see the opportunity for both self-realization and oblivion that New York offers.

As the junkies and protesters of the 1980s give way to the hipsters of the 2000s and they, in turn, to the wealthy residents of the crowded, glass-towered city of the 2020s, enormous changes rock the personal lives of Milly and Jared and the constellation of people around them.

Moving kaleidoscopically from the Tompkins Square Riots and attempts by activists to galvanize a true response to the AIDS epidemic, to the New York City of the future, Christodora recounts the heartbreak wrought by AIDS, illustrates the allure and destructive power of hard drugs, and brings to life the ever-changing city itself.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In this audio performance, there’s not a weak link to be found. Each narrator in the group brings something unique and enjoyable to the production…Each narrator voices a person whose life pulses within those walls, and each does so with a distinctive personality and a vocal quality that adds to Murphy’s intense characterizations. Thought-provoking, precise, complex, and real, Christodora’s narrators are a glorious reflection of the novel itself. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“A real New York narrative with an absorbing story line and a gallery of characters fit for a twenty-first-century Manhattan mural.” George Hodgman, New York Times bestselling author
“Varied minds and voices are realized so convincingly…and it is joyous despite its subject matter.” New York Times Book Review
“One of the finest novels we are likely to encounter this year.” Toronto Star
“Vividly captures the diversity and tensions within the AIDS movement…No book has made me feel so intensely not just the ravages of AIDS but also the devastating cost of activism.” Washington Post
“Powerful and compelling. It feels deeply relevant even when it covers events set several decades in the past.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
“[A] brilliantly sprawling period novel about New York in the age of AIDS…richly populated and delicately nuanced.” Village Voice
“This sweeping tale of AIDS activists and the incredible changes they inspired is heart-wrenching, hopeful, and beautiful.” Book Riot
“Murphy has written The Bonfire of the Vanities for the age of AIDS…complete with a pitch-perfect deployment of period detail.” Publishers Weekly
“Activism, addiction, and the redemptive power of art feature prominently in Murphy’s perceptive novel.” Booklist (starred review)
“An intricate and powerfully plotted novel…it is at its heart a love story.” Library Journal
“An extended perspective on the HIV/AIDS epidemic…The author is expert at inhabiting a variety of mindsets.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Tim Murphy

Author Bio: Tim Murphy

Tim Murphy has reported on HIV/AIDS for twenty years, for such publications as Poz magazine where he was an editor and staff writer, Out, Advocate, and New York magazine, where his July 2014 cover story on the new HIV-prevention pill regimen PrEP was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Journalism. He also covers LGBT issues, arts, pop culture, travel, and fashion for publications including the New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, Details, and Yahoo Style. He lives in Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 17.23
Audience: Adult
Language: English