The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller audiobook

The Paper Palace: A Novel

By Miranda Cowley Heller
Read by Nan McNamara

Penguin Audio 9780593329825
12.63 Hours 1
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A story of summer, secrets, love, and lies: in the course of a singular day on Cape Cod, one woman must make a life-changing decision that has been brewing for decades “This house, this place, knows all my secrets.” It is a perfect July morning, and Elle, a fifty-year-old happily married mother of three, awakens at the Paper Palace, the family summer place which she has visited every summer of her life. But this morning is different: last night Elle and her oldest friend Jonas crept out the back door into the darkness and had sex with each other for the first time, all while their spouses chatted away inside. Now, over the next twenty-four hours, Elle will have to decide between the life she has made with her genuinely beloved husband, Peter, and the life she always imagined she would have had with her childhood love, Jonas, if a tragic event hadn’t forever changed the course of their lives. As Heller colors in the experiences that have led Elle to this day, we arrive at her ultimate decision with all its complexity. Tender yet devastating, The Paper Palace considers the tensions between desire and dignity, the legacies of abuse, and the crimes and misdemeanors of families.

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Summary

Summary

#1 New York Times bestseller

A Reese’s Book Club Pick

A New York Times Bestseller in Audio

A Parade Magazine Pick of Beach Reads

A Vogue Pick of Best Books of Summer

A Los Angeles Times Pick of Best Summer Beach Reading

A story of summer, secrets, love, and lies: in the course of a singular day on Cape Cod, one woman must make a life-changing decision that has been brewing for decades

“This house, this place, knows all my secrets.”

It is a perfect July morning, and Elle, a fifty-year-old happily married mother of three, awakens at the Paper Palace, the family summer place which she has visited every summer of her life. But this morning is different: last night Elle and her oldest friend Jonas crept out the back door into the darkness and had sex with each other for the first time, all while their spouses chatted away inside.

Now, over the next twenty-four hours, Elle will have to decide between the life she has made with her genuinely beloved husband, Peter, and the life she always imagined she would have had with her childhood love, Jonas, if a tragic event hadn’t forever changed the course of their lives. As Heller colors in the experiences that have led Elle to this day, we arrive at her ultimate decision with all its complexity.

Tender yet devastating, The Paper Palace considers the tensions between desire and dignity, the legacies of abuse, and the crimes and misdemeanors of families.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Filled with secrets, love, lies, and a summer beach house. What more could you ask for?” Parade
“A sultry tale of Waspish New England that captures the spirit of Updike and Cheever.”  The Times (London)
“The gorgeous scenery of Back Woods (a stand-in for Wellfleet, Mass.) provides an atmospheric backdrop to Elle’s ruminations and revelatory flashbacks.” Los Angeles Times

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Author

Author Bio: Miranda Cowley Heller

Author Bio: Miranda Cowley Heller

Miranda Cowley Heller was raised in New York,, graduated from Harvard, and became a books editor, before working for a decade as head of drama series at HBO. The Paper Palace is her first novel.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Women
Runtime: 12.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English