Costalegre by Courtney Maum audiobook

Costalegre

By Courtney Maum
Read by Frankie Corzo

Brilliance Audio 9781947793361
4.11 Hours 1
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"A lush chronicle of wealth, art, adventure, loneliness, love, and folly told by a narrator you won't be able to forget." ―Kirkus, starred review One of Literary Hub's Most Anticipated Books of 2019. A Best Book of Summer at amNY, Moda Operandi, Publishers Weekly, Southern Living, and Thrillist. A Best Book of July at The Washington Post, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, TIME Magazine, and Mind Body Green. It is 1937, and Europe is on the brink of war. In the haute-bohemian circles of Austria, Germany, and Paris, Hitler is circulating a most-wanted list of “cultural degenerates”―artists, writers, and thinkers whose work is deemed antithetical to the new regime.  To prevent the destruction of her favorite art (and artists), the impetuous American heiress and modern art collector, Leonora Calaway, begins chartering boats and planes for an elite group of surrealists to Costalegre, a mysterious resort in the Mexican jungle, where she has a home.  The story of what happens to these artists when they reach their destination is told from the point of view of Lara, Leonora’s neglected 15-year-old daughter, who has been pulled out of school to follow her mother to Mexico. Forced from a young age to cohabit with her mother’s eccentric whims, tortured lovers, and entourage of gold-diggers, Lara suffers from emotional, educational, and geographical instability that a Mexican sojourn with surrealists isn’t going to help. But when she meets the outcast Dadaist sculptor Jack Klinger, a much older man who has already been living in Costalegre for some time, Lara thinks she might have found the love and understanding she so badly craves.  Sinuous and striking, heartbreaking and strange, Costalegre is heavily inspired by the real-life relationship between the heiress Peggy Guggenheim and her daughter, Pegeen. Acclaimed author Courtney Maum triumphs with this wildly imaginative and curiously touching story of a privileged teenager who has everything a girl could wish for―except for a mother who loves her back. 

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New York Times Pick of Best Books Now in Paperback

"A lush chronicle of wealth, art, adventure, loneliness, love, and folly told by a narrator you won't be able to forget." ―Kirkus, starred review

One of Literary Hub's Most Anticipated Books of 2019.
A Best Book of Summer at amNY, Moda Operandi, Publishers Weekly, Southern Living, and Thrillist.
A Best Book of July at The Washington Post, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, TIME Magazine, and Mind Body Green.

It is 1937, and Europe is on the brink of war. In the haute-bohemian circles of Austria, Germany, and Paris, Hitler is circulating a most-wanted list of “cultural degenerates”―artists, writers, and thinkers whose work is deemed antithetical to the new regime.  To prevent the destruction of her favorite art (and artists), the impetuous American heiress and modern art collector, Leonora Calaway, begins chartering boats and planes for an elite group of surrealists to Costalegre, a mysterious resort in the Mexican jungle, where she has a home. 

The story of what happens to these artists when they reach their destination is told from the point of view of Lara, Leonora’s neglected 15-year-old daughter, who has been pulled out of school to follow her mother to Mexico. Forced from a young age to cohabit with her mother’s eccentric whims, tortured lovers, and entourage of gold-diggers, Lara suffers from emotional, educational, and geographical instability that a Mexican sojourn with surrealists isn’t going to help. But when she meets the outcast Dadaist sculptor Jack Klinger, a much older man who has already been living in Costalegre for some time, Lara thinks she might have found the love and understanding she so badly craves. 

Sinuous and striking, heartbreaking and strange, Costalegre is heavily inspired by the real-life relationship between the heiress Peggy Guggenheim and her daughter, Pegeen. Acclaimed author Courtney Maum triumphs with this wildly imaginative and curiously touching story of a privileged teenager who has everything a girl could wish for―except for a mother who loves her back. 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A rich and delectable tale of art, love, and war…This is a fascinating, lively, and exquisitely crafted novel.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“In this spare, enchanting novel…Lara makes for a fine narrator—young enough to be both enchanted and annoyed by the strange collection of adults that surround her and old enough to explain her frustrations with heartbreaking clarity…A lush chronicle of wealth, art, adventure, loneliness, love, and folly told by a narrator you won’t be able to forget.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Courtney Maum

Author Bio: Courtney Maum

Courtney Maum is the author of Touch (a New York Time editor’s choice and NPR’s Best of 2017), as well as the acclaimed I Am Having So Much Fun Here without You. Her book reviews, essays and articles about the writing life have been widely published in outlets such as the New York Times, O the Oprah Magazine, BuzzFeed, Interview Magazine, and Electric Literature.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 4.11
Audience: Adult
Language: English