We Begin Our Ascent by Joe Mungo Reed audiobook

We Begin Our Ascent

By Joe Mungo Reed
Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781501169205
8.21 Hours 1
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One of the Best Books of the Summer—as chosen by Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon, The Daily Beast, Kirkus Reviews, Good Housekeeping, AFAR magazine, and Bookish. “A dazzling debut by an essential new talent.” —George Saunders “Unforgettable…a powerful new literary voice.” —Mary Karr “Exceptional…Reed is an author to watch.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Sol and Liz are a couple on the cusp. He’s a professional cyclist in the Tour de France, a workhorse but not yet a star. She’s a geneticist on the brink of a major discovery, either that or a loss of funding. They’ve just welcomed their first child into the world, and their bright future lies just before them—if only they can reach out and grab it. But as Liz’s research slows, as Sol starts doping, their dreams grow murkier and the risks graver. Over the whirlwind course of the Tour, they enter the orbit of an extraordinary cast of conmen and aspirants, who draw the young family ineluctably into the depths of an illegal drug smuggling operation. As Liz and Sol flounder to discern right from wrong, up from down, they are forced to decide: What is it we’re striving for? And what is it worth? We Begin Our Ascent dances nimbly between tragic and comic, exploring the cost of ambition and the question of what gives our lives meaning. Reed melds the powerful themes of great marital dramas like Revolutionary Road with the humor, character, and heart of a George Saunders collection. Throughout, we’re drawn inside the cycling world and treated to the brilliant literary sports-writing of modern classics like The Art of Fielding or End Zone.

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Summary

A Good Housekeeping Pick of 25 Best New Books of Summer

A Christian Science Monitor Best Book Selection for June

A Kirkus Reviews Pick of 10 Excellent Summer Reads

A Vanity Fair Magazine Pick for the Season's Fiction

One of the Best Books of the Summer—as chosen by Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon, The Daily Beast, Kirkus Reviews, Good Housekeeping, AFAR magazine, and Bookish.

“A dazzling debut by an essential new talent.” —George Saunders
“Unforgettable…a powerful new literary voice.” —Mary Karr
“Exceptional…Reed is an author to watch.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Sol and Liz are a couple on the cusp. He’s a professional cyclist in the Tour de France, a workhorse but not yet a star. She’s a geneticist on the brink of a major discovery, either that or a loss of funding. They’ve just welcomed their first child into the world, and their bright future lies just before them—if only they can reach out and grab it.

But as Liz’s research slows, as Sol starts doping, their dreams grow murkier and the risks graver. Over the whirlwind course of the Tour, they enter the orbit of an extraordinary cast of conmen and aspirants, who draw the young family ineluctably into the depths of an illegal drug smuggling operation. As Liz and Sol flounder to discern right from wrong, up from down, they are forced to decide: What is it we’re striving for? And what is it worth?

We Begin Our Ascent dances nimbly between tragic and comic, exploring the cost of ambition and the question of what gives our lives meaning. Reed melds the powerful themes of great marital dramas like Revolutionary Road with the humor, character, and heart of a George Saunders collection. Throughout, we’re drawn inside the cycling world and treated to the brilliant literary sports-writing of modern classics like The Art of Fielding or End Zone.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A dazzling debut by an exciting and essential new talent: fast, harrowing, compelling, masterfully structured, genuinely moving. Reed is a true stylist.” George Saunders, New York Times bestselling author
“As meditative as it is thrilling.” Vanity Fair
“Riveting…a beautifully written story of the consequences of the choices we make.” Good Housekeeping
“Like a racer, Reed carefully husbands his resources in this ruthless little sports novel. He enlists our mind in Sol’s project as an athlete. He sees the madness in it as well.” New York Times
“Exceptional…Fast and smart, funny and sad, this is an outstanding sports novel, and Reed is an author to watch.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“With its taut, unsentimental prose, Reed’s novel is both an exciting depiction of the prestigious bike race and an intimate portrait of a couple coming to terms with the cost of pursuing difficult goals and determining whether they’re worth the price.” Publishers Weekly
“Reed’s wryly profound narrator uncovers insights into groupthink, dependency, and the dangers of mixing personal and professional lives.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Joe Mungo Reed

Author Bio: Joe Mungo Reed

Joe Mungo Reed was born in London and raised in Gloucestershire, England. He has a master’s in philosophy and politics at the University of Edinburgh and an MFA in creative writing at Syracuse University, where he won the Joyce Carol Oates Award in Fiction. He is the author of the novel, We Begin Our Ascent, and his short stories have appeared in VQR and Gigantic and anthologized in Best of Gigantic. He is currently living in Edinburgh, UK.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 8.21
Audience: Adult
Language: English