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Caroline Leavitt is at her mesmerizing best in this haunting, nuanced portrait of love, sisters, and the impossible legacy of family.
It's 1969, and 16-year-old Lucy is about to run away with a much older man to live off the grid in rural Pennsylvania, a rash act that will have vicious repercussions for both her and her older sister, Charlotte. As Lucy's default caretaker for most of their lives, Charlotte's youth has been marked by the burden of responsibility, but never more so than when Lucy's dream of a rural paradise turns into a nightmare.
Cruel Beautiful World examines the intricate, infinitesimal distance between seduction and love, loyalty and duty, and explores what happens when you're responsible for things you cannot make right.
©2016 Caroline Leavitt (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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By Leah on 10-15-16

Kept me listening intently

I was hooked from the first chapter. Surprised in places. Thanks to the wonderful narration, I felt like I was in the story. Definitely recommend.

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By M. Pounds on 11-06-17

Engaging Listen

I love it when I find a book that I want to listen to every chance I get. I don’t find them often, but this was one. I actually found the narration mesmerizing and thought the performance set the tone of the story.

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