Age of Grief, The

Genre: Literary Fiction

Age of Grief, The

The luminous novella and stories in The Age of Grief explore the vicissitudes of love, friendship, and marriage with all the compassion and insight that have come to be expected from Jane Smiley, the Pulitzer Prize—winning author of A Thousand Acres.In “The Pleasure of Her Company,” a lonely, single woman befriends the married couple next door, hoping to learn the secret of their happiness. In “Long Distance,” a man finds himself relieved of the obligation to continue an affair that is no longer compelling to him, only to be waylaid by the guilt he feels at his easy escape. And in the incandescently wise and moving title novella, a dentist, aware that his wife has fallen in love with someone else, must comfort her when she is spurned, while maintaining the secret of his own complicated sorrow. Beautifully written, with a wry intelligence and a lively comic touch, The Age of Grief captures moments of great intimacy with grace, clarity, and indelible emotional power.

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Run time: 7 hours
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Author
Jane Smiley

Biography:
Jane Smiley is the author of nine previous works of fiction, including The Age of Grief, The Greenlanders, Ordinary Love & Good Will, A Thousand Acres (for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize), and Moo. She lives in northern California.
Narrator
Jeff Woodman

Biography:
Jeff Woodman,a six time Audie finalist (and 2007 winner),has received 17 Golden Earphones and was named to The Fifty Greatest Voices of the Century by AudioFile Magazine.He won the S.F. Critics' Circle Award for his performance in An Ideal Husband, and San Jose’s Goodman Choice Award for Enchanted April. In addition to numerous credits on and off Broadway, his television work includes Sex and the City, Cosby, and several episodes in the Law & Order series.
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Jessica Almasy

Biography:
Jessica Almasy is a writer, actress, teacher, and director living in New Jersey. She is a two time Audie Award recipient, received numerous Earphones Awards, a Golden Voice honor, and has narrated 150 audiobooks. In 2005, Jessica co-founded the TEAM, a devising company that writes collaboratively driven visual and highly physical theatre pieces about the current moment in the American psyche.
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MacLeod Andrews

Biography:
MacLeod Andrews' award-winning audio credits include fantasy, young adult, and fiction titles. He has performed on stage in award-winning off-broadway shows and is a company member of Rising Phoenix Rep theater company. He has been in a number of independent films.
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Gabra Zackman
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Amanda Ronconi

Biography:
Amanda Ronconi is an actor and writer based in NYC who has narrated numerous young adult and romance audiobooks. As well as many regional stage credits, she appeared Off-Broadway in her critically-acclaimed solo show, Shirley at the Tropicana, and has written a feature-length screenplay, Bread Route.
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Jennifer Van Dyck

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