Mary and O'Neil by Justin Cronin audiobook

Mary and O'Neil: A Novel in Stories

By Justin Cronin
Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Random House Audio
8.57 Hours Unabridged
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Mary and O'Neil frequently marveled at how, of all the lives they might have led, they had somehow found this one together. When they met at the Philadelphia high school where they'd come to teach, each had suffered a profound loss that had not healed. How likely was it that they could learn to trust, much less love, again? Justin Cronin's poignant debut traces the lives of Mary Olson and O'Neil Burke, two vulnerable young teachers who rediscover in each other a world alive with promise and hope. From the formative experiences of their early adulthood to marriage, parenthood, and beyond, this novel in stories illuminates the moments of grace that enable Mary and O'Neil to make peace with the deep emotional legacies that haunt them: the sudden, mysterious death of O'Neil’s parents, Mary’s long-ago decision to end a pregnancy, O'Neil’s sister's battle with illness and a troubled marriage. Alive with magical nuance and unexpected encounters, Mary and O'Neil celebrates the uncommon in common lives, and the redemptive power of love.

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Winner of the 2002 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award

Mary and O'Neil frequently marveled at how, of all the lives they might have led, they had somehow found this one together. When they met at the Philadelphia high school where they'd come to teach, each had suffered a profound loss that had not healed. How likely was it that they could learn to trust, much less love, again?

Justin Cronin's poignant debut traces the lives of Mary Olson and O'Neil Burke, two vulnerable young teachers who rediscover in each other a world alive with promise and hope. From the formative experiences of their early adulthood to marriage, parenthood, and beyond, this novel in stories illuminates the moments of grace that enable Mary and O'Neil to make peace with the deep emotional legacies that haunt them: the sudden, mysterious death of O'Neil’s parents, Mary’s long-ago decision to end a pregnancy, O'Neil’s sister's battle with illness and a troubled marriage. Alive with magical nuance and unexpected encounters, Mary and O'Neil celebrates the uncommon in common lives, and the redemptive power of love.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

An astonishingly good first novel . . . fully engaging from the first paragraph. What a gift: to be able to live alongside these people for a while. Ann Patchett, Chicago Tribune
“[An] artful debut…Cronin writes clear and careful prose, and is admirably fearless in the scope of his imagination.” New York Times Book Review
A literary love story . . . about the fragility of good fortune and the accidental ways of finding happiness. USA Today
Justin Cronin must have been a novelist in an earlier life. What else could account for the mature insight and the beautifully controlled technique we find in his debut novel? . . . Cronin succeeds, touchingly and tenderly, in portraying life itself as a triumph of hope over experience. The Boston Globe
Justin Cronin’s Mary and O’Neil is that rare thing: a wholly engrossing story of the ordinary life. Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls’ Rising
“An astonishingly good first novel…What a gift to be able to live alongside these people for a while.” Chicago Tribune
“A literary love story…about the fragility of good fortune and the accidental ways of finding happiness.” USA Today
“Cronin succeeds, touchingly and tenderly, in portraying life itself as a triumph of hope over experience.” Boston Globe
“In unassailably well-crafted prose, novelist Justin Cronin offers us the story of an ordinary family placed under extraordinary circumstances and held together by the solid footing of love and intimacy.”  Barnes & Noble, editorial review
“A promising debut.” Publishers Weekly
“A worthy first effort by a novelist worth watching.” Library Journal
“A quiet debut, its very understatement giving rise to its poignancy and strength.” Kirkus Reviews
“Justin Cronin’s Mary and O’Neil is that rare thing: a wholly engrossing story of the ordinary life.” Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls’ Rising

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Author Bio: Justin Cronin

Author Bio: Justin Cronin

Justin Cronin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Passage, The Twelve, The City of Mirrors, The Summer Guest, and Mary and O’Neil, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize. Other honors for his writing include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Whiting Award. A distinguished faculty fellow at Rice University, he divides his time between Houston and Cape Cod.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 8.57
Audience: Adult
Language: English