Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers audiobook

Small Pleasures: A Novel

By Clare Chambers
Read by Karen Cass

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780063094727
9.99 Hours 1
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Now available in the US—the dark horse literary novel that has taken Britain by storm! In the best tradition of Tessa Hadley, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Ann Patchett—an astonishing, keenly observed period piece about an ordinary British woman in the 1950s whose dutiful life takes a sudden turn into a pitched battle between propriety and unexpected passion. LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR PICK: Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times Ireland, Daily Express 1957: Jean Swinney is a feature writer on a local paper in the southeast suburbs of London. Clever but with limited career opportunities and on the brink of forty, Jean lives a dreary existence that includes caring for her demanding widowed mother, who rarely leaves the house. It’s a small life with little joy and no likelihood of escape. That all changes when a young woman, Gretchen Tilbury, contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth. Jean seizes onto the bizarre story and sets out to discover whether Gretchen is a miracle or a fraud. But the more Jean investigates, the more her life becomes strangely (and not unpleasantly) intertwined with that of the Tilburys, including Gretchen’s gentle and thoughtful husband Howard, who mostly believes his wife, and their quirky and charming daughter Margaret, who becomes a sort of surrogate child for Jean. Gretchen, too, becomes a much-needed friend in an otherwise empty social life. Jean cannot bring herself to discard what seems like her one chance at happiness, even as the story that she is researching starts to send dark ripples across all their lives…with unimaginable consequences. Both a mystery and a love story, Small Pleasures is a literary tour-de-force in the style of The Remains of the Day, about conflict between personal fulfillment and duty; a novel that celebrates the beauty and potential for joy in all things plain and unfashionable. 

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Summary

Summary

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction

A Daily Express (London) Best Book of the Year

An Irish Times Best Book of 2020

The Telegraph (UK) Best Books of the Year Pick

Now available in the US—the dark horse literary novel that has taken Britain by storm! In the best tradition of Tessa Hadley, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Ann Patchett—an astonishing, keenly observed period piece about an ordinary British woman in the 1950s whose dutiful life takes a sudden turn into a pitched battle between propriety and unexpected passion.

LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR PICK: Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times Ireland, Daily Express

1957: Jean Swinney is a feature writer on a local paper in the southeast suburbs of London. Clever but with limited career opportunities and on the brink of forty, Jean lives a dreary existence that includes caring for her demanding widowed mother, who rarely leaves the house. It’s a small life with little joy and no likelihood of escape.

That all changes when a young woman, Gretchen Tilbury, contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth. Jean seizes onto the bizarre story and sets out to discover whether Gretchen is a miracle or a fraud. But the more Jean investigates, the more her life becomes strangely (and not unpleasantly) intertwined with that of the Tilburys, including Gretchen’s gentle and thoughtful husband Howard, who mostly believes his wife, and their quirky and charming daughter Margaret, who becomes a sort of surrogate child for Jean. Gretchen, too, becomes a much-needed friend in an otherwise empty social life.

Jean cannot bring herself to discard what seems like her one chance at happiness, even as the story that she is researching starts to send dark ripples across all their lives…with unimaginable consequences.

Both a mystery and a love story, Small Pleasures is a literary tour-de-force in the style of The Remains of the Day, about conflict between personal fulfillment and duty; a novel that celebrates the beauty and potential for joy in all things plain and unfashionable. 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An almost flawlessly written tale of genuine, grown-up romantic anguish.” Sunday Times (London)
“An irresistible novel—wry, perceptive, and quietly devastating.” Mail on Sunday (London)
“A brilliant book…A love story between people who are not usually the leading players in a love story…I found it incredibly absorbing.” Kathleen MacMahon, author of This Is How It Ends

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Author

Author Bio: Clare Chambers

Author Bio: Clare Chambers

Clare Chambers is the author of several books and whose awards include the Romantic Novel of the Year Award for Learning to Swim and the Stockport Book Award for Burning Secrets.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 9.99
Audience: Adult
Language: English