In the world of literary fiction, the Man Booker Prize is a big deal. The prize is bestowed each year on the best original novel written in English and published in the UK. The longlist of nominees has just been announced, and and weâ€™re very excited that it includes several titles published by Penguin Random House Audio. Read more
One of the most explored themes in literature is relationships and how they shift, change, and evolve. Whether itâ€™s marriage, friendship, or family, the connections explored in each of these fiction audiobooks will grab you and have you looking at the relationships in your life. Read more
“My book, Reading with Patrick,Â is about a student of mine named Patrick, and this remarkable literary and intellectual awakening we experienced together in a county jail in Arkansas. He was a student in my class who was incredibly bright, really quiet, and just had trouble coming to school. I really encouraged him to come to school to write and to read and we had this incredible year together where he improved incredibly. Three years after this, Iâ€™ve left Arkansasâ€”itâ€™s a place where a lot of people leaveâ€”I agonize about it, I decide to go to law school. My parents are like, â€śwhat the heck are you doing in Arkansas?â€ť Three years later, Iâ€™m in law school and I find out from a friend that Patrick had gotten into a fight and killed someone. I was totally devastated. I was shocked. I went back to Arkansas to visit him in county jail and I discovered that his reading skills had regressed. They were worse when I first met him in the eighth grade, and itâ€™s because he had dropped out of school the year after I left the Delta. The heart of the book is really about us reading together in jail for seven months while weâ€™re waiting for his trial, and about the incredible agility and the power of reading together and writing together. And itâ€™s also about me grappling with my own failures and trying to think about the legacy of racism and poverty in the Mississippi Delta.”
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On the day that Juliette is set to earn the most important review of her restaurant career, she receives a phone call that changes everything. Her mother has fallen ill, and Juliette decides to give up her metropolitan life in Paris to be with her family in Brittany. Within the year, she leaves her role as chef to become the personal cook for a musician.
“I found myself writing about a lot of these women in my day job, which is a culture writer at BuzzFeed. And it seemed clear to me that there was something that was changing. I used to be a professor, and I focused on media studies but also gender studies. And so I was very familiar with the ways that attitude towards women, an embrace of feminism, and unruliness generally, kind of ebb and flow over decades.”
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When Edan Lepucki hit the literary scene with her debut novel, California, in summer 2014, she was fortunate enough to be featured on Stephen Colbertâ€™s show. The feature catapulted her novel to the third slot on the New York Times bestseller list on the week it went on sale. Her interview happened to fall in the middle of a feud between Amazon and her then-publisher, Hachette. In the conversation, Colbert encouraged his viewers to buy California from Powellâ€™s Books, in an effort to prove that a smaller retailer could compete against Amazon and help an author debut as a bestseller. In doing so, Colbert turned a literary debut into a unicorn.