The Peacock Feast by Lisa Gornick audiobook

The Peacock Feast: A Novel

By Lisa Gornick
Read by Tavia Gilbert

Macmillan Audio
12.56 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781250319562

"Listeners will be fully engaged with Tavia Gilbert's sublime narration...She does a remarkable job depicting every character." — AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner From “one of the most perceptive, compassionate writers of fiction in America...immensely talented and brave” (Michael Schaub, NPR), a historical saga about love, class, and the past we never escape. The Peacock Feast opens on a June day in 1916 when Louis C. Tiffany, the eccentric glass genius, dynamites the breakwater at Laurelton Hall—his fantastical Oyster Bay mansion, with columns capped by brilliant ceramic blossoms and a smokestack hidden in a blue-banded minaret—so as to foil the town from reclaiming the beach for public use. The explosion shakes both the apple crate where Prudence, the daughter of Tiffany’s prized gardener, is sleeping and the rocks where Randall, her seven-year-old brother, is playing. Nearly a century later, Prudence receives an unexpected visit at her New York apartment from Grace, a hospice nurse and the granddaughter of Randall, who Prudence never saw again after he left at age fourteen for California. The mementos Grace carries from her grandfather’s house stir Prudence’s long-repressed memories and bring her to a new understanding of the choices she made in work and love, and what she faces now in her final days. Spanning the twentieth century and three continents, The Peacock Feast ricochets from Manhattan to San Francisco, from the decadent mansions of the Tiffany family to the death row of a Texas prison, and from the London consultation room of Anna Freud to a Mendocino commune. With psychological acuity and aching eloquence, Lisa Gornick has written a sweeping family drama, an exploration of the meaning of art and the art of dying, and an illuminating portrait of how our decisions reverberate across time and space.

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Summary

Summary

A BBC Culture Magazine Pick of 10 Best Books of the Month

A Southern Living Magazine Pick of Best Books Out This Season

A Historical Novels Review Editors’ Choice

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

"Listeners will be fully engaged with Tavia Gilbert's sublime narration...She does a remarkable job depicting every character." — AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

From “one of the most perceptive, compassionate writers of fiction in America...immensely talented and brave” (Michael Schaub, NPR), a historical saga about love, class, and the past we never escape.

The Peacock Feast opens on a June day in 1916 when Louis C. Tiffany, the eccentric glass genius, dynamites the breakwater at Laurelton Hall—his fantastical Oyster Bay mansion, with columns capped by brilliant ceramic blossoms and a smokestack hidden in a blue-banded minaret—so as to foil the town from reclaiming the beach for public use. The explosion shakes both the apple crate where Prudence, the daughter of Tiffany’s prized gardener, is sleeping and the rocks where Randall, her seven-year-old brother, is playing.

Nearly a century later, Prudence receives an unexpected visit at her New York apartment from Grace, a hospice nurse and the granddaughter of Randall, who Prudence never saw again after he left at age fourteen for California. The mementos Grace carries from her grandfather’s house stir Prudence’s long-repressed memories and bring her to a new understanding of the choices she made in work and love, and what she faces now in her final days.

Spanning the twentieth century and three continents, The Peacock Feast ricochets from Manhattan to San Francisco, from the decadent mansions of the Tiffany family to the death row of a Texas prison, and from the London consultation room of Anna Freud to a Mendocino commune. With psychological acuity and aching eloquence, Lisa Gornick has written a sweeping family drama, an exploration of the meaning of art and the art of dying, and an illuminating portrait of how our decisions reverberate across time and space.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Listeners will be fully engaged with Tavia Gilbert's sublime narration, which appreciably enhances this multigenerational story. AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award Winner
“Listeners will be fully engaged with Tavia Gilbert’s sublime narration, which appreciably enhances this multigenerational story…Gilbert expertly portrays Prudence’s formality and slight hesitations in speech and Grace’s quietly confident and compassionate tone. She does a remarkable job depicting every character, male and female, young and old, with believable accents when warranted…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Fun, trenchant, immersive…[a] historical and psychological mystery, art history, and several different lush settings.” Electric Literature
“Spanning a century, two coasts, and two continents, this well-researched historical novel is moving and profound.” Library Journal
“Delicately weaving Grace’s present with Prudence’s past, acclaimed novelist Gornick spins an appealing and enthralling family saga.” Booklist

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Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Lisa Gornick

Author Bio: Lisa Gornick

Lisa Gornick is the author of Louisa Meets Bear, Tinderbox, and A Private Sorcery. Her stories and essays have appeared widely, including in The New York Times, Prairie Schooner, Real Simple, Salon, Slate,and The Sun. She holds a BA from Princeton and a PhD in clinical psychology from Yale, and is on the faculty of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. A long-time New Yorker, she lives in Manhattan with her family.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 12.56
Audience: Adult
Language: English