Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch by Rivka Galchen audiobook

Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch: A Novel

By Rivka Galchen
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Macmillan Audio
8.80 Hours 1
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"It’s both transfixing and destabilizing. It’s the best thing I listened to all winter." —Alexis Gunderson, PASTE Magazine The startling, witty, highly anticipated second novel from Rivka Galchen, the critically acclaimed author of Atmospheric Disturbances. The story begins in 1618, in the German duchy of Württemberg. Plague is spreading. The Thirty Years' War has begun, and fear and suspicion are in the air throughout the Holy Roman Empire. In the small town of Leonberg, Katharina Kepler is accused of being a witch. Katharina is an illiterate widow, known by her neighbors for her herbal remedies and the success of her children, including her eldest, Johannes, who is the Imperial Mathematician and renowned author of the laws of planetary motion. It's enough to make anyone jealous, and Katharina has done herself no favors by being out and about and in everyone's business. So when the deranged and insipid Ursula Reinbold (or as Katharina calls her, the Werewolf) accuses Katharina of offering her a bitter, witchy drink that has made her ill, Katharina is in trouble. Her scientist son must turn his attention from the music of the spheres to the job of defending his mother. Facing the threat of financial ruin, torture, and even execution, Katharina tells her side of the story to her friend and next-door neighbor Simon, a reclusive widower imperiled by his own secrets. Drawing on real historical documents but infused with the intensity of imagination, sly humor, and intellectual fire for which Rivka Galchen is known, Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch will both provoke and entertain. The story of how a community becomes implicated in collective aggression and hysterical fear is a tale for our time. Galchen's bold new novel touchingly illuminates a society and a family undone by superstition, the state, and the mortal convulsions of history. A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Summary

Summary

Longlisted for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award

Among longlisted titles for Time Magazine Best Books of the Year, 2021

Among longlisted titles for Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, 2021

Among longlisted titles for Chicago Tribune Best Books of the Year, 2021

Among longlisted titles for Washington Post Best Books of the Year, 2021

Among longlisted titles for New York Magazine Best Books of the Year, 2021

Among longlisted titles for Hudson Booksellers Best of the Year, 2021

"It’s both transfixing and destabilizing. It’s the best thing I listened to all winter." —Alexis Gunderson, PASTE Magazine The startling, witty, highly anticipated second novel from Rivka Galchen, the critically acclaimed author of Atmospheric Disturbances. The story begins in 1618, in the German duchy of Württemberg. Plague is spreading. The Thirty Years' War has begun, and fear and suspicion are in the air throughout the Holy Roman Empire. In the small town of Leonberg, Katharina Kepler is accused of being a witch. Katharina is an illiterate widow, known by her neighbors for her herbal remedies and the success of her children, including her eldest, Johannes, who is the Imperial Mathematician and renowned author of the laws of planetary motion. It's enough to make anyone jealous, and Katharina has done herself no favors by being out and about and in everyone's business. So when the deranged and insipid Ursula Reinbold (or as Katharina calls her, the Werewolf) accuses Katharina of offering her a bitter, witchy drink that has made her ill, Katharina is in trouble. Her scientist son must turn his attention from the music of the spheres to the job of defending his mother. Facing the threat of financial ruin, torture, and even execution, Katharina tells her side of the story to her friend and next-door neighbor Simon, a reclusive widower imperiled by his own secrets. Drawing on real historical documents but infused with the intensity of imagination, sly humor, and intellectual fire for which Rivka Galchen is known, Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch will both provoke and entertain. The story of how a community becomes implicated in collective aggression and hysterical fear is a tale for our time. Galchen's bold new novel touchingly illuminates a society and a family undone by superstition, the state, and the mortal convulsions of history. A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This riveting novel takes us into the labyrinthine hearts of accused and accusers alike.” Margaret Atwood, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"It’s both transfixing and destabilizing. It’s the best thing I listened to all winter. Paste magazine (audio review)
“Little is known about the real-life Katharina, but her fictional counterpart…sparkles in this prickly and often black-humored story.” Maclean’s
“A resounding delight.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"It’s both transfixing and destabilizing. It’s the best thing I listened to all winter. Alexis Gunderson, PASTE Magazine

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Author

Author Bio: Rivka Galchen

Author Bio: Rivka Galchen

Rivka Galchen is a recipient of a William Saroyan International Prize for Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and a Berlin Prize, among other distinctions. She writes regularly for the New Yorker, which selected her for its list of 20 under 40 American fiction writers in 2010.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 8.80
Audience: Adult
Language: English