Nuclear Family

  • by Susanna Fogel
  • Narrated by Gabra Zackman, Bailey Carr, Oliver Wyman, Dara Rosenberg, Michael David Axtell, Allison Hiroto, Scott Aiello
  • 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From filmmaker and New Yorker contributor Susanna Fogel comes a comedic novel about a fractured family of New England Jews and their discontents. Told entirely in letters to a heroine we never meet, we get to know the Fellers through their check-ins with Julie over the course of three decades: their thank-you notes, letters of condolence, family gossip, and good old-fashioned familial passive-aggression. Together, their missives - some sardonic, others absurd, others heartbreaking - weave a tapestry of a very modern family trying (and often failing) to show one another they care.
The titular "nuclear family" includes, among many others, a narcissistic former-child-prodigy father who has taken up haiku writing in his old age and his new wife, a traditional Chinese woman whose attempts to help her stepdaughter find a man include FedExing her silk gowns from Filene's Basement; their six-year-old son, Stuart, whose favorite condiment is truffle oil and who wears suits to bed; and Julie's mother, a psychologist who never remarried but may be in love with her arrogant rabbi and overshares about everything, including the threesome she had with Dutch grad students in 1972.
Full cast of narrators includes Ellen Archer, Lauren Fortgang, Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren, Jonathan Davis, Carol Monda, Richard Ferrone, Stephen Bel Davies, L. J. Ganser, Dan Bittner, Lance Rubin, and Josh Hurley.