So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman audiobook

So Much Pretty

By Cara Hoffman
Read by Aimée Bruneau

Dreamscape 9781451616750
9.91 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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Set in a rural community steeped insilence and denial, So Much Prettyexplores all parents’ greatest fear, that their child will be hurt. But it alsoexamines a second, equally troubling question: What if my child hurts someoneelse? The disappearance and murder ofnineteen-year-old Wendy White is detailed through the eyes of journalist StacyFlynn and a host of other richly drawn characters, each with their own secretsand convictions. After Wendy’s body is found, Flynn’s intense crusade to exposea killer draws the attention of a precocious local girl, Alice Piper, whosestory intertwines with Wendy’s in a spellbinding and unexpected climax.

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Summary

Summary

An Entertainment Weekly “Must Read”

Set in a rural community steeped insilence and denial, So Much Prettyexplores all parents’ greatest fear, that their child will be hurt. But it alsoexamines a second, equally troubling question: What if my child hurts someoneelse?

The disappearance and murder ofnineteen-year-old Wendy White is detailed through the eyes of journalist StacyFlynn and a host of other richly drawn characters, each with their own secretsand convictions. After Wendy’s body is found, Flynn’s intense crusade to exposea killer draws the attention of a precocious local girl, Alice Piper, whosestory intertwines with Wendy’s in a spellbinding and unexpected climax.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A haunting suspense novel.” Entertainment Weekly, "The Must List"
“Stylishly written, closely observed, and bracingly unexpected, So Much Pretty leads the reader into the treacherous psychology of denial, where the details of an event are already known, deeply and intuitively felt but not yet admitted to, reconciled, or revealed.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“In her fearless first novel…Cara Hoffman demolishes our illusions about country life by addressing the problems of poverty, domestic abuse, teenage violence, and environmental damage that are threatening to destroy the small communities of rural America…For all the passion in this intense narrative, Hoffman writes with a restraint that makes poetry of pain.” New York Times
“Dark...eerie...potent.” New Yorker
“Delivers a skillful, psychologically acute tale of how violence affects a small town.” Los Angeles Times
“Hoffman ambitiously mines fertile, controversial ground and asks a lot of tough, unanswerable questions; the most heartrending is simply ‘Why?’” Boston Globe
“The way investigative reporter Hoffman navigates the line between what is spoken and unspoken and portrays a community’s desire to address any crisis but the one next door makes So Much Pretty a staggering read.” Huffington Post
“A captivating tale of life and death in a small town...Hoffman’s careful weaving of each story line is seamless...outstanding.” Examiner.com
So Much Pretty looks searingly at the questions of justice and revenge. Many readers will find some of the answers shocking.” January Magazine
“Hoffman is a journalist who has reported on rural and Rust Belt poverty, environmental politics, and violence and adolescents. The theme of her first novel is innocence lost and idealism gone wrong…The pace quickens as Hoffman brings the story to its dark and chilling conclusion. Verdict: This gripping novel asks readers to judge whether a horrible crime can ever justify a terrible act of revenge. It will engage individuals and book groups interested in debating this tough topic.” Library Journal
“Hoffman’s debut novel takes readers to the unsexy world of rural New York and a farming community with more than one secret…The author tells the reader over and over that the women in this story are strong and, in the end, she proves it…Hoffman wanders into the cow pasture a little too often, but the intersection of the lives of two smart young women with a shared consciousness turns what could have been a boring tale into something worth reading.” Kirkus Reviews
“At the beginning of this unusual and compelling book, Aimee Bruneau struggles a little with the emphases of sentences, a weakness that is occasionally distracting. As the story gathers power, though, she drops into gear, and narrator and story become a thrilling combination…These elements work together in quite unexpected ways and rachet toward a stunning climax. Bruneau effectively builds sympathy for her characters and sustains the listener’s deftly managed misapprehension about where the plot is going.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Cara Hoffman

Author Bio: Cara Hoffman

Cara Hoffman is the author of three award-winning novels for adults and also novels for children and young adults. She has received a MacDowell Fellowship and an Edward Albee Fellowship. She is a graduate of Goddard College and a professor of writing and literature.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 9.91
Audience: Adult
Language: English