The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine audiobook

The Grammarians: A Novel

By Cathleen Schine
Read by Hillary Huber

Macmillan Audio 9780374280116
7.48 Hours Unabridged
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"This listen is for lovers of words, lovers of a great story, and lovers of a great narration. Hillary Huber does a fantastic job capturing this wonderful novel about twin girls, their love for each other, and their eventual rivalry." -- AudioFile Magazine An enchanting, comic love letter to sibling rivalry and the English language. From the author compared to Nora Ephron and Nancy Mitford, not to mention Jane Austen, comes a new audiobook celebrating the beauty, mischief, and occasional treachery of language. The Grammarians are Laurel and Daphne Wolfe, identical, inseparable redheaded twins who share an obsession with words. They speak a secret “twin” tongue of their own as toddlers; as adults making their way in 1980s Manhattan, their verbal infatuation continues, but this love, which has always bound them together, begins instead to push them apart. Daphne, copy editor and grammar columnist, devotes herself to preserving the dignity and elegance of Standard English. Laurel, who gives up teaching kindergarten to write poetry, is drawn, instead, to the polymorphous, chameleon nature of the written and spoken word. Their fraying twinship finally shreds completely when the sisters go to war, absurdly but passionately, over custody of their most prized family heirloom: Merriam Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition. Cathleen Schine has written a playful and joyful celebration of the interplay of language and life. A dazzling comedy of sisterly and linguistic manners, a revelation of the delights and stresses of intimacy, The Grammarians is the work of one of our great comic novelists at her very best.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

Among longlisted titles for Amazon.com Best Books of the Year, 2019

Among longlisted titles for New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year, 2019

Among longlisted titles for Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, 2019

Among longlisted titles for NPR Best Book of the Year, 2019

"This listen is for lovers of words, lovers of a great story, and lovers of a great narration. Hillary Huber does a fantastic job capturing this wonderful novel about twin girls, their love for each other, and their eventual rivalry." -- AudioFile Magazine

An enchanting, comic love letter to sibling rivalry and the English language.

From the author compared to Nora Ephron and Nancy Mitford, not to mention Jane Austen, comes a new audiobook celebrating the beauty, mischief, and occasional treachery of language.

The Grammarians are Laurel and Daphne Wolfe, identical, inseparable redheaded twins who share an obsession with words. They speak a secret “twin” tongue of their own as toddlers; as adults making their way in 1980s Manhattan, their verbal infatuation continues, but this love, which has always bound them together, begins instead to push them apart. Daphne, copy editor and grammar columnist, devotes herself to preserving the dignity and elegance of Standard English. Laurel, who gives up teaching kindergarten to write poetry, is drawn, instead, to the polymorphous, chameleon nature of the written and spoken word. Their fraying twinship finally shreds completely when the sisters go to war, absurdly but passionately, over custody of their most prized family heirloom: Merriam Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition.

Cathleen Schine has written a playful and joyful celebration of the interplay of language and life. A dazzling comedy of sisterly and linguistic manners, a revelation of the delights and stresses of intimacy, The Grammarians is the work of one of our great comic novelists at her very best.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This is an utterly charming book and yet more than that. It is a book of real people and their relationship―both to language and to each other…An absolutely delightful read.” Elizabeth Strout, New York Times bestselling author
“A wise and witty novel that follows the diverging lives and linguistic obsessions of identical twin sisters who struggle to figure out who they are on their own and in relationship to each other.” New York Times Book Review
“Schine’s warmth and wisdom about how families work and don’t work are as reliable as her wry humor, and we often get both together…This impossibly endearing and clever novel sets off a depth charge of emotion and meaning.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Cathleen Schine

Author Bio: Cathleen Schine

Cathleen Schine is the author of several books. She has contributed to the New Yorker, New York Review of Books, New York Times Magazine, and New York Times Book Review.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 7.48
Audience: Adult
Language: English