The Hand That First Held Mine

  • by Maggie O’Farrell
  • Narrated by Anne Flosnik
  • 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lexie Sinclair yearns for more than her parents’ genteel country life. She makes her way to the city, where she meets a magazine editor, Innes, a man unlike any she has ever imagined. He introduces her to the thrilling world of Bohemian postwar London, and Lexie learns to become a reporter, to know art and artists, to live fully, unconventionally, and with deep love. And when she finds herself pregnant by a man wholly unsuitable for marriage or fatherhood, she doesn’t hesitate a minute to have the baby on her own.
Later, in present-day London, a young painter named Elina dizzily navigates the first weeks of motherhood. Her boyfriend, Ted, traumatized by nearly losing her in labor, begins to recover lost memories. At first he cannot place them, but as they emerge, we discover something heartbreaking and beautiful that connects these two stories.


What the Critics Say

“O'Farrell brings to mind Sue Miller but with a British and darker flavor; her sure hand for psychological suspense (The Vanishing Act of Esme Lenno) continues to be most impressive.” (Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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It was balled-my-eyes-out, good! A must read for new mothers, especially. The connection between mother and child is like no other.
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- Alina

What a voice!

I'm not sure how to rate this as the narration is so dreadful it's hard to get past it to enjoy the story! The Narrator's voice as the cadence of someone reading a horror story. It's just dreadful. I would like my money back as I don't think I'll make it to the end of the book!
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- Marenghi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-12-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.