The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer audiobook

The Children's Crusade: A Novel

By Ann Packer
Read by Cotter Smith , with Santino Fontana , Marin Ireland , Thomas Sadoski , and Frederick Weller

Simon & Schuster Audio
13.73 Hours 1
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From New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Ann Packer, a “tour de force family drama” (Elle) that explores the secrets and desires, the remnant wounds and saving graces of one California family, over the course of five decades. Bill Blair finds the land by accident, three wooded acres in a rustic community south of San Francisco. The year is 1954, long before anyone will call this area Silicon Valley. Struck by a vision of his future family, Bill buys the property and proposes to Penny Greenway, a woman whose yearning attitude toward life appeals to him. In less than a decade they have four children. Yet Penny is a mercurial housewife, overwhelmed and undersatisfied, chafing at the conventions confining her. Years later, the three oldest Blair children, adults now and still living near the family home, are disrupted by the return of the youngest, whose sudden presence sets off a struggle over the family’s future. One by one, they tell their stories, which reveal Packer’s “great compassion for her characters, with their ancient injuries, their blundering desires. The way she tangles their perspectives perfectly, painfully captures the tumult of selves within a family” (MORE Magazine). Reviewers have praised Ann Packer’s “brilliant ear for character” (The New York Times Book Review) and her “naturalist’s vigilance for detail, so that her characters seem observed rather than invented” (The New Yorker). Her talents are on dazzling display in The Children’s Crusade, “an absorbing novel that celebrates family even as it catalogs its damages” (People, Book of the Week). This is a “superb storyteller” (San Francisco Chronicle), Ann Packer’s most deeply affecting book yet, “tragic and utterly engrossing” (O, The Oprah Magazine).

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

A People Magazine Best Book of 2015

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for April 2015

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A BookPage Top Pick in Literary Fiction for April 2015

From New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Ann Packer, a “tour de force family drama” (Elle) that explores the secrets and desires, the remnant wounds and saving graces of one California family, over the course of five decades.

Bill Blair finds the land by accident, three wooded acres in a rustic community south of San Francisco. The year is 1954, long before anyone will call this area Silicon Valley. Struck by a vision of his future family, Bill buys the property and proposes to Penny Greenway, a woman whose yearning attitude toward life appeals to him. In less than a decade they have four children. Yet Penny is a mercurial housewife, overwhelmed and undersatisfied, chafing at the conventions confining her.

Years later, the three oldest Blair children, adults now and still living near the family home, are disrupted by the return of the youngest, whose sudden presence sets off a struggle over the family’s future. One by one, they tell their stories, which reveal Packer’s “great compassion for her characters, with their ancient injuries, their blundering desires. The way she tangles their perspectives perfectly, painfully captures the tumult of selves within a family” (MORE Magazine).

Reviewers have praised Ann Packer’s “brilliant ear for character” (The New York Times Book Review) and her “naturalist’s vigilance for detail, so that her characters seem observed rather than invented” (The New Yorker). Her talents are on dazzling display in The Children’s Crusade, “an absorbing novel that celebrates family even as it catalogs its damages” (People, Book of the Week). This is a “superb storyteller” (San Francisco Chronicle), Ann Packer’s most deeply affecting book yet, “tragic and utterly engrossing” (O, The Oprah Magazine).

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In The Children’s Crusade, Ann Packer flawlessly executes the most daring, difficult, and exhilarating feat in the novelist’s repertoire: to re-create the history of an era and a place through the history of one family…pulling it off with mastery.” Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
“A tour de force family drama…An engrossing saga… Packer brilliantly constructs the siblings’ narratives with both an appealing lightness and an arresting gravitas…Packer’s golden touch makes us care deeply for this memorable tribe.” Elle
“Tender, absorbing… Packer has great compassion for her characters, with their ancient injuries, their blundering desires. The way she tangles their perspectives perfectly, painfully captures the tumult of selves within a family.” More
“An artful portrait of a California family.” Vanity Fair
“If Robert, Ryan, Rebecca, and James are the storytellers here, it is their mother Penny who is the heart of the book…In vigilant detail, Packer chronicles the seemingly tiny ways that personal needs and memories from childhood make us the people we can’t help but be for the rest of our lives.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“Packer offers a flawless, compassionate portrayal of each family member at both their best and worst and shows what a strong hold the past has on the present. Literary fiction at its finest. Highly recommended.” Library Journal (starred review)
“A quiet novel with unexpected power…This wise and emotionally resonant story captures the long-rippling effects of family relationships.” BookPage
“Told in the most elegant prose…extraordinarily compassionate…A masterful portrait of indelible family bonds.” Booklist (starred review)
“Packer is an expert at complicated relationships…Beautifully precise prose… A marvelously absorbing novel.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“This audiobook is expansive in its narrative voices as well as its narrative scope…Cotter Smith et al. are expressive narrators as the novel’s points of view shift from chapter to chapter. As each narrator portrays one of the Blair siblings, their individual voices blend beautifully with those of the surrounding chapters, creating a true familial effect. The strong quality in each voice not only provides aural unity but also propels the listener forward. Flawlessly paced and produced, this is an outstanding listen. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“A coming-of-age tale of family as well as an American pastoral; the language is beautiful, painterly…Ann Packer’s eye for detail, her genius at evoking an era with such faithfulness, and her mastery of story make us identify with and deeply care for her characters.” Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone
“In shimmering prose and with exceptional wisdom, Ann Packer examines the life of a California family, laying bare the relationships between brother and sister, parent and child, while at the same time revealing the ways in which the past casts both shadow and light on the present.” Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train

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Author

Author Bio: Ann Packer

Author Bio: Ann Packer

Ann Packer is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Songs Without Words and The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, the latter of which received a Great Lakes Book Award, an American Library Association Award, and the Kate Chopin Literary Award. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, the Washington Post, Vogue, and Real Simple. She lives in northern California with her family.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 13.73
Audience: Adult
Language: English