The Cost of Living by Deborah Levy audiobook

The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography

By Deborah Levy
Read by Henrietta Meire

Highbridge Audio, HighBridge 9781635571912
2.91 Hours Unabridged
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To strip the wallpaper off the fairy tale of The Family House in which the comfort and happiness of men and children has been the priority is to find behind it an unthanked, unloved, neglected, exhausted woman. The Cost of Living explores the subtle erasure of women's names, spaces, and stories in the modern everyday. In this "living autobiography" infused with warmth and humor, Deborah Levy critiques the roles that society assigns to us and reflects on the politics of breaking with the usual gendered rituals. What does it cost a woman to unsettle old boundaries and collapse the social hierarchies that make her a minor character in a world not arranged to her advantage? Levy draws on her own experience of attempting to live with pleasure, value, and meaning—the making of a new kind of family home, the challenges of her mother's death—and those of women she meets in everyday life, from a young female traveler reading in a bar who suppresses her own words while she deflects an older man's advances, to a particularly brilliant student, to a kindly and ruthless octogenarian bookseller who offers the author a place to write at a difficult time in her life. The Cost of Living is urgent, essential reading, a crystalline manifesto for turbulent times.

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An Elle Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2018

A Literary Hub Pick

To strip the wallpaper off the fairy tale of The Family House in which the comfort and happiness of men and children has been the priority is to find behind it an unthanked, unloved, neglected, exhausted woman.

The Cost of Living explores the subtle erasure of women's names, spaces, and stories in the modern everyday. In this "living autobiography" infused with warmth and humor, Deborah Levy critiques the roles that society assigns to us and reflects on the politics of breaking with the usual gendered rituals. What does it cost a woman to unsettle old boundaries and collapse the social hierarchies that make her a minor character in a world not arranged to her advantage?

Levy draws on her own experience of attempting to live with pleasure, value, and meaning—the making of a new kind of family home, the challenges of her mother's death—and those of women she meets in everyday life, from a young female traveler reading in a bar who suppresses her own words while she deflects an older man's advances, to a particularly brilliant student, to a kindly and ruthless octogenarian bookseller who offers the author a place to write at a difficult time in her life. The Cost of Living is urgent, essential reading, a crystalline manifesto for turbulent times.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Thoughtful dissections of life as a woman.” Elle
“An eloquent manifesto for what Levy calls ‘a new way of living’ in the post-familial world.” Guardian (London)
"[A] beautiful yet damning indictment of how our culture effaces women’s creative voices, both directly and insidiously.” Library Journal
“Henrietta Meire’s intimate narration gives flesh and blood to Levy’s sketches…in a sure voice, sometimes allowing her vulnerability to shine through, sometimes presenting her as coolly contemplative and completely in charge. A wonderful audiobook. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“The Cost of Living refers to the price a woman has to pay for unmaking the home she no longer feels at home in.” Irish Times

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Author Bio: Deborah Levy

Author Bio: Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy is the author of seven novels and two volumes of memoir. Both Swimming Home and Hot Milk were shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her short story collection, Black Vodka, was nominated for the International Frank O’Connor short-story award and was broadcast on BBC Radio 4, as were her acclaimed dramatizations of Freud’s iconic case studies, Dora and The Wolfman. She has written for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and her pioneering theater writing is collected in Levy: Plays 1. She is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 2.91
Audience: Adult
Language: English