The Gin Closet

  • by Leslie Jamison
  • Narrated by Carly Seward
  • 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the beginning there was Tilly: fabulous and free, outrageous and untamable, vulnerable and terrified. As a young woman, she flees home for the hollow neon underworld of Nevada, looking for pure souls and finding nothing but bad habits. Decades later, after eventually drinking herself to the brink of death, her niece shows up on the doorstep of her dusty trailer. Stella has been leading her own life of empty promise in New York City.
,p> When her dying grandmother confesses the truth about Tilly, her runaway daughter, Stella decides to give up the vast and penetrating loneliness of the city to find this lost woman the family had never mentioned.
The Gin Closet unravels the strange and powerful intimacy that forms between Tilly and Stella as they move to San Francisco to make a home with Abe, Tilly’s overworked and elusive son, forming a fragile triangle that eventually breaks under its own weight. With Leslie Jamison’s uncanny ear for dialogue and witty, unflinching candor about sex, love and power, The Gin Closet marks the debut of a stunning new talent in fiction.


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Wonderful debut

Jamison's first novel reads like a haunting chain of bluesy love songs (or out-of-love songs, as the case may be). The writing is sharp and brilliant throughout, and the multiple womens' perspectives are all masterfully executed. Readers of literary fiction will be delighted to discover this new voice. I might have preferred to hear this one read by the author, simply because the stories feel so intimate that whether or not they're autobiographical, I think the author's voice could add some texture to them. I did not, however, share the previous reviewer's dislike for the narrator--I thought her voice was believable as each of the novel's narrators, and she did a fine job with the dialogue and pacing.
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- Katie

that's it

hated the voices - nearly couldnt get through it listening to the horrible crackling voice of the older women, who, especially Matilda, I always thought was Stella speaking anyway / so frustrating. the story was good & some of the prose had brilliance, but listening to the voices was the worst. that's it.

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- raincat

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-16-2010
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books