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The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante
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The Days of Abandonment

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Narrator Hillary Huber
Translator Ann Goldstein
Length 7 hours 35 minutes
Language English
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The Days of Abandonment is the gripping story of an Italian woman’s experiences after being suddenly left by her husband after fifteen years of marriage.

With two young children to care for, Olga finds it more and more difficult to do the things she used to: keep a spotless house, cook meals with creativity and passion, refrain from using obscenities. After running into her husband with his much-younger new lover in public, she cannot even refrain from assaulting him physically.

Olga conveys her journey from denial to devastating emptiness—and when she finds herself literally trapped within the four walls of their high-rise apartment, she is forced to confront her ghosts, the potential loss of her own identity, and the possibility that life may never return to normal.

Elena Ferrante, author of The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, and My Brilliant Friend, among others, is one of Italy’s most important and acclaimed contemporary writers. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2016 by Time.

Hillary Huber is one of the most successful voice talents in Los Angeles. Recent books read for Blackstone Audio include Him, Her, Him Again, the End of Him by Patricia Marx, A Field of Darkness by Cornelia Read, and A Map of Glass by Jane Urquhart.

Ann Goldstein is the former senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

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Reviews

“In Ferrante’s ice-pick of a novel, Olga’s orderly life spins into disarray—a purgatory of rage and bereavement.”

“The book’s power is in its fearless, closeup details and in the ways the narrative subtly implicates the reader: given a certain set of horrific circumstances, I, too, might be capable of this psychic fury.”

“In this deeply observed, excruciatingly blunt novel…Still, Ferrante knows just when to let up, and the redemptive note struck by the ending is a welcome reprieve.”

“I could not put this novel down. Elena Ferrante will blow you away.”

“Ferrante’s theme…has seldom received such close scrutiny in literary fiction…an elegant novel.”

“Sometimes, in dark times, it’s nice to have another voice beside you. This is a dark novel, and listening to the audiobook might help alleviate some of the desolation of the narrative.”

“This intelligent and darkly comic novel…conveys the resilience of a complex woman.”

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