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Cruel Beautiful World

Unabridged   10 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/04/2016

Cruel Beautiful World

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681682006
Digital Download ISBN:9781681682013


Set in the early 1970s against the specter of the Manson girls, when the peace and love movement begins to turn ugly, this is the story of a runaway teenager's disappearance and her sister's quest to discover the truth.

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Product Description

Caroline Leavitt is at her mesmerizing best in this haunting, nuanced portrait of love, sisters, and the impossible legacy of family.

It’s 1969, and sixteen-year-old Lucy is about to run away with a much older man to live off the grid in rural Pennsylvania, a rash act that will have vicious repercussions for both her and her older sister, Charlotte. As Lucy’s default caretaker for most of their lives, Charlotte’s youth has been marked by the burden of responsibility, but never more so than when Lucy’s dream of a rural paradise turns into a nightmare.

Cruel Beautiful World examines the intricate, infinitesimal distance between seduction and love, loyalty and duty, and explores what happens when you’re responsible for things you cannot make right.


"Narrator Xe Sands's soothing voice and evocative performance of this novel about relationships, family, and loneliness is an audiobook lover's dream." —AudioFile

"Xe Sands did a masterful, restrained performance . . . Her smooth, understated delivery was perfect for the book." —Everyday I Write The Book

"The plot races through several breathtaking leaps and turns involving the truth about Lucy’s parentage, her eventual return to the world through a job at a farm stand and her relationship with the young widower who owns the farm." —New York Times

"Deeply resonant and quietly powerful, Cruel Beautiful World has the heart-pounding moments of a thriller and the heart-warming moments of a perfect coming-of-age story." —Shelf Awareness

Author Bio

Caroline Leavitt is the award-winning author of Pictures of You and Girls in Trouble, among other novels. Her work has appeared in New York magazine, Psychology Today, More, Parenting, Redbook, and Salon. She’s a columnist for the Boston Globe, a book reviewer for People, and a writing instructor at UCLA online.