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Unabridged   7.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 01/09/2024

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696614306


A Gentleman in Moscow meets My Brilliant Friend in this novel of two estranged friends who reunite to confront each other and the devastating betrayal that tore them apart.

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Downtown Los Angeles, 1990. Alone in her luxury hotel suite, the reclusive Lacey Crane receives a message: Edith is waiting for her in the lobby. Former best friends, Lacey and Edith haven't spoken to one another in over four decades.

As young adults meeting at summer camp in Maine, and later making their way in the glitzy spotlight of postwar Hollywood, Edith and Lacey share a deep-rooted bond that once saved them from isolation and despair, providing comfort from the public and private traumas that they had each endured and which a newly optimistic world was eager to forget. Told through a continuous, twisting conversation that unfolds over the course of a single evening, in which each woman tells her story and reveals long-hidden secrets, the narratives of Edith and Lacey burn with atmosphere, mystery, resentment, and regret.

Set against the vivid landscapes of Los Angeles and unfolding with the evanescence of a dream or a memory, Goldenseal peels away the layers of an intimate female friendship to reveal a stirring and haunting story about the search for connection and the lingering echoes of lost love.


"Hummel skillfully evokes the Cranes’ gilded world of hotels and Hollywood, and deeply explores the women’s fraught friendship from both points of view. Readers will be rapt." —Publishers Weekly

"Hummel delivers a lifetime of pathos and revelation in the course of one night." —Kirkus Reviews

"Award-winning narrator Hillary Huber uses her smooth voice to capture the personalities of the two septuagenarians. The cast of characters is short, but Huber imbues each with character, ensuring that listeners can easily identify the speaker." —Library Journal

"Hummel's powerful prose is brought to life by Huber's lyrical voice." —AudioFile

Author Bio

Maria Hummel is a novelist and poet. Her novel Still Lives was a Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club pick, Book of the Month Club pick, and BBC Culture Best Book of 2018, and has been optioned for television and translated into multiple languages. She lives in Vermont with her husband and sons.