Alternate Side

Genre: Fiction

Alternate SideA Novel

Performed by:
Ellen Archer

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Captures the angst and anxiety of modern life with . . . astute observations about interactions between the haves and have-nots, and the realities of life among the long-married.”—USA Today A provocative novel that explores what it means to be a mother, a wife, and a woman at a moment of reckoning, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Miller’s Valley and Still Life with Bread Crumbs. Some days Nora Nolan thinks that she and her husband, Charlie, lead a charmed life—except when there’s a crisis at work, a leak in the roof at home, or a problem with their twins at college. And why not? New York City was once Nora’s dream destination, and her clannish dead-end block has become a safe harbor, a tranquil village amid the urban craziness. The owners watch one another’s children grow up. They use the same handyman. They trade gossip and gripes, and they maneuver for the ultimate status symbol: a spot in the block’s small parking lot. Then one morning, Nora returns from her run to discover that a terrible incident has shaken the neighborhood, and the enviable dead-end block turns into a potent symbol of a divided city. The fault lines begin to open: on the block, at Nora’s job, and especially in her marriage. Praise for Alternate Side “[Anna] Quindlen’s quietly precise evaluation of intertwined lives evinces a keen understanding of and appreciation for universal human frailties.”—Booklist (starred review) “Exquisitely rendered . . . [Quindlen] is one of our most astute chroniclers of modern life. . . . [Alternate Side] has an almost documentary feel, a verisimilitude that’s awfully hard to achieve.”—The New York Times Book Review “An exceptional depiction of complex characters—particularly their weaknesses and uncertainties—and the intricacies of close relationships . . . Quindlen’s provocative novel is a New York City drama of fractured marriages and uncomfortable class distinctions.”—Publishers Weekly

Unabridged recording:
Run time: 8 hours
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Anna Quindlen

<b>Anna Quindlen</b> is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of nine novels: <i>Object Lessons</i>, <i>One True Thing</i>, <i>Black and Blue</i>, <i>Blessings</i>, <i>Rise and Shine</i>, <i>Every Last One</i>, <i>Still Life with Bread Crumbs</i>, <i>Miller's Valley</i>, and <i>Alternate Side</i>. Her memoir <i>Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake</i>, published in 2012, was a #1 <i>New York Times </i>bestseller. Her book <i>A Short Guide to a Happy Life</i> has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at <i>The New York Times</i> she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, <i>Living Out Loud </i>and <i>Thinking Out Loud</i>. Her <i>Newsweek</i> columns were collected in <i>Loud and Clear.</i>
Ellen Archer

Ellen Archer is an acclaimed audiobook narrator with over 175 titles, many being New York Times bestsellers. In addition to several industry awards, Ellen won a coveted Audie Award for her narration of For the Love of a Dog. She is an actor and a classically trained singer with a degree in Opera from the Boston Conservatory.

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