The Raising by Laura Kasischke audiobook

The Raising: A Novel

By Laura Kasischke
Read by Renée Raudman

Blackstone Publishing
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The accident was tragic, yes. Bloody and horrific and claiming the life of a beautiful young sorority girl. Nicole was a straight-A student from a small town. Sweet-tempered, all-American, a former Girl Scout, and a virgin. But it was an accident. And that was last year. It’s fall again, a new semester, a fresh start. Craig, who has not been charged with murder, is focusing on his classes, and also on avoiding Nicole’s sorority sisters, who seem to blame him for her death even though the police did not. Perry, Craig’s roommate, is working through his own grief (he grew up with Nicole, after all, and had known her since kindergarten) by auditing Professor Polson’s sociology class: Death, Dying, and the Undead. Mira has been so busy with her babies—two of them, twins, the most perfect boys you could imagine but still a nearly impossible amount of work even with Clark’s help—that she can barely keep herself together to teach (Death, Dying and the Undead), let alone write the book she’ll need to publish for tenure. And Shelly, who was the first person at the scene of the accident, has given up calling the newspapers to tell them that, despite the “lake of blood” in which they keep reporting the victim was found, the girl Shelly saw that night was not bloody, and not dead.

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Summary

Summary

The accident was tragic, yes. Bloody and horrific and claiming the life of a beautiful young sorority girl. Nicole was a straight-A student from a small town. Sweet-tempered, all-American, a former Girl Scout, and a virgin. But it was an accident. And that was last year. It’s fall again, a new semester, a fresh start.

Craig, who has not been charged with murder, is focusing on his classes, and also on avoiding Nicole’s sorority sisters, who seem to blame him for her death even though the police did not.

Perry, Craig’s roommate, is working through his own grief (he grew up with Nicole, after all, and had known her since kindergarten) by auditing Professor Polson’s sociology class: Death, Dying, and the Undead.

Mira has been so busy with her babies—two of them, twins, the most perfect boys you could imagine but still a nearly impossible amount of work even with Clark’s help—that she can barely keep herself together to teach (Death, Dying and the Undead), let alone write the book she’ll need to publish for tenure.

And Shelly, who was the first person at the scene of the accident, has given up calling the newspapers to tell them that, despite the “lake of blood” in which they keep reporting the victim was found, the girl Shelly saw that night was not bloody, and not dead.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Haunting, unsettling, and unforgettable, The Raising limns love, longing, belonging, and the things we only think we know about life—and yes, death. Told in knockout, shimmering prose, it’s a literary mystery that’s as hypnotic as it is brilliant.” Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You
The Raising is that rare thing: a literary novel disguised by splendid prose that is also a down-and-dirty page-turner, a creep show featuring empty caskets and walking corpses. It’s as if The Grapes of Wrath had been written by H.P. Lovecraft.” Chicago Tribune
“Dark, disquieting…starts off as a tragic love story—beautiful sorority girl killed in a car accident—then is skillfully transformed into a thoroughly modern ghost story. Each character is haunted by the memories and repercussions of that night. Lyrical, layered, and riveting to the final page.” Family Circle
“Gripping…[Kasischke’s] straightforward prose is the perfect foil for her vividly rendered details and dark humor…smart, dark, and fun.” Chatelaine
“I tore through this book. It was creepy. It was suspenseful. It was annoying and salacious. I loved it…Part murder mystery, part vampire novel, and part teenage dream…We couldn’t put it down.” Nylon magazine
“Kasischke delivers a satisfying…novel that’s both gothic romance and coming-of-age tale.” Publishers Weekly
“Kasischke excels at depicting the psychology of the young and the traumatized even as she delivers a scathing indictment of the siege mentality of college administrators. In this literary page-turner…the talented author inlays her academic novel with a touch of the supernatural and a deep sense of foreboding.” Booklist
“From the first page of The Raising, Laura Kasischke tells a story of great weight and wicked beauty…Don’t bother trying to put it down; it will call you back, and you’ll go. Surrender. You’ll be glad you did.” Amy MacKinnon, author of Tethered

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Author

Author Bio: Laura Kasischke

Author Bio: Laura Kasischke

Laura Kasischke is the author of a number of novels and collections of poetry. Her numerous awards include the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America and the Bobst Award for Emerging Writers. She lives in Chelsea, Michigan.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 17.98
Audience: Adult
Language: English