The Futilitarians by Anne Gisleson audiobook

The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving, and Reading

By Anne Gisleson
Read by Anne Gisleson

Little, Brown & Company, Little, Brown, Hachette Book Group 9780316393904
8.46 Hours Unabridged
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A memoir of friendship and literature chronicling a search for meaning and comfort in great books, and a beautiful path out of grief Anne Gisleson had lost her twin sisters, had been forced to flee her home during Hurricane Katrina, and had witnessed cancer take her beloved father. Before she met her husband, Brad, he had suffered his own trauma, losing his partner and the mother of his son to cancer in her young thirties. “How do we keep moving forward,” Anne asks, “amid all this loss and threat?” The answer: “We do it together.” Anne and Brad, in the midst of forging their happiness, found that their friends had been suffering their own losses and crises as well: loved ones gone, rocky marriages, tricky childrearing, jobs lost or gained, financial insecurities or unexpected windfalls. Together these resilient New Orleanians formed what they called the Existential Crisis Reading Group, jokingly dubbed “The Futilitarians.” From Epicurus to Tolstoy, from Cheever to Amis to Lispector, each month they read and talked about identity, parenting, love, mortality, and life in post-Katrina New Orleans, gatherings that increasingly fortified Anne and helped her blaze a trail out of her well-worn grief. Written with wisdom, soul, and a playful sense of humor, The Futilitarians is a guide to living curiously and fully, and a testament to the way that even from the toughest soil of sorrow, beauty and wonder can bloom.

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Summary

Summary

Shortlisted for the 2018 Chautauqua Prize



A memoir of friendship and literature chronicling a search for meaning and comfort in great books, and a beautiful path out of grief

Anne Gisleson had lost her twin sisters, had been forced to flee her home during Hurricane Katrina, and had witnessed cancer take her beloved father. Before she met her husband, Brad, he had suffered his own trauma, losing his partner and the mother of his son to cancer in her young thirties. “How do we keep moving forward,” Anne asks, “amid all this loss and threat?” The answer: “We do it together.”

Anne and Brad, in the midst of forging their happiness, found that their friends had been suffering their own losses and crises as well: loved ones gone, rocky marriages, tricky childrearing, jobs lost or gained, financial insecurities or unexpected windfalls. Together these resilient New Orleanians formed what they called the Existential Crisis Reading Group, jokingly dubbed “The Futilitarians.” From Epicurus to Tolstoy, from Cheever to Amis to Lispector, each month they read and talked about identity, parenting, love, mortality, and life in post-Katrina New Orleans, gatherings that increasingly fortified Anne and helped her blaze a trail out of her well-worn grief. Written with wisdom, soul, and a playful sense of humor, The Futilitarians is a guide to living curiously and fully, and a testament to the way that even from the toughest soil of sorrow, beauty and wonder can bloom.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“After Katrina, New Orleanians became experts in resilience. Anne Gisleson has captured that spirit poignantly in The Futilitarians, which explores how we can find meaning in our lives by struggling back from tragedies.” Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Boozy, brilliant, beautiful, tragic, and deeply affecting, The Futilitarians is my favorite memoir of the year.” Jami Attenberg, New York Times bestselling author
“This is a shattering and very important book and will, if there is justice (and there must be justice), be considered one of the best books of this year.” Dave Eggers, New York Times bestselling author
“Recommended summer reading.” New York Times
“An engrossing memoir chronicles a search for spiritual healing…A graceful narrative that seamlessly interweaves philosophical reflections and intimate revelations.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Anne Gisleson

Author Bio: Anne Gisleson

Anne Gisleson is a writer whose work has appeared inthe Atlantic, Oxford American, Believer, Ecotone, and Los Angeles Times and has been selected for inclusion in several anthologies, including Best American Non-Required Reading. For years, she was chair of the creative writing program at the internationally renowned New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. In 2005, she co-founded Antenna in New Orleans.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 8.46
Audience: Adult
Language: English