The Alaskan Laundry

  • by Brendan Jones
  • Narrated by Rebecca Gibel
  • 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Alaskan Laundry is beautiful evocation of a place and a testament to the unshakable lure of home. It also offers an unforgettable story of one woman's journey from isolation back to the possibility of love.


What the Critics Say

"This is a truly towering debut novel. Brendan Jones charts new novelistic territory and sends back moving dispatches from the frontiers of the human heart." (Adam Johnson, author of The Orphan Master's Son)
"There are the easy journeys, the ones that take us where we mean to travel, and there are those we shy from, the dark and uncertain treks of the soul. Without flinching, nineteen-year-old Tara ventures from South Philly to the male-dominated "Rock," an island off the coast of Alaska. True to her boxer instincts, Tara comes out swinging, unsure what the island will make of her. As layers of her former life wash away, she proves as raw and tender as the landscape, as striking and unforgettable. A promising debut, true to the core - a novel of grit and redemption." (Deb Vanasse, author of Cold Spell and Out of the Wilderness)
"The Alaskan Laundry is a novel of bracing air that gets deep into your lungs. As Tara Marconi reinvents herself in Alaska, we see all facets of the American dream of self-reliance and boundless possibility play out on the stage of the Last Frontier. A strong, singular person grows in these pages. Like a protagonist in a Daniel Woodrell novel, she is stubborn, heroic, and capable of anything." (Will Chancellor, author of A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Former Alaskan

First of all sometimes it's appropriate to use the "F" word but I got plenty tired of it. I used to live in one of the towns in this book so it's hard for me when it's not authentic.
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- Reader

Coming of age in Alaska's fishing industry

What did you like best about The Alaskan Laundry? What did you like least?

Fascination with the fishing industry is what hooked me on this book.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Deeper character development for the protagonist and key characters. It takes a long time to learn why she's made the choices that led her to Alaska, but even then the answers aren't very satisfying. It's enjoyable, if light.

Do you think The Alaskan Laundry needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Without giving a spoiler alert, I'd say the end is crafted for a sequel.

Any additional comments?

To me, this reads like a YA coming of age story - and I read a fair amount of YA material. A decent debut novel, but I wouldn't rush to buy the author's next book.

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- Irene F. Bond

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-26-2016
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books