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The End of the World as We Know It

Nonfiction: Autobiography & Memoir
Unabridged   7 hour(s)
Publication date: 06/26/2018

The End of the World as We Know It

Scenes from a Life

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684413805
Digital Download ISBN:9781684413812


Beautifully written, often humorous, sometimes sweet, ultimately shocking, The End of the World as We Know It is a son's story of looking back with both love and anger at the parents who gave him life and then robbed him of it, who created his world and then destroyed it. Contains mature themes.

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It was the 1950s, a time of calm, a time when all things were new and everything seemed possible. A few years before, a noble war had been won, and now life had returned to normal. For one little boy, however, life had become anything but "normal." To all appearances, he and his family lived an almost idyllic life. The father was a respected professor, the mother a witty and elegant lady, someone everyone loved. They were parents to three bright, smiling children: two boys and a girl. They lived on a sunny street in a small college town nestled neatly in a leafy valley. They gave parties, hosted picnics, went to church—just like their neighbors. To all appearances, their life seemed ideal. But it was, in fact, all appearances. Lineage, tradition, making the right impression—these were matters of great importance, especially to the mother. But behind the facade this family had created lurked secrets so dark, so painful for this one little boy, that his life would never be the same. It is through the eyes of that boy—a grown man now, revisiting that time—that we see this seemingly serene world and watch as it slowly comes completely and irrevocably undone.

Contains mature themes.


"A moving, unflinchingly rendered story of how the past can haunt a life." —Publishers Weekly

Author Bio

Robert Goolrick's first novel, A Reliable Wife, has sold over one million copies worldwide; he is also the author of the novels Heading Out to Wonderful, The Dying of the Light, and The Fall of Princes. He lives in Maryland.