• The Hand That First Held Mine

  • By: Maggie O’Farrell
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-12-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (51 ratings)

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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.
©2010 Maggie O’Farrell (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“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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5 out of 5 stars
By Alina on 01-04-17

Motherhood

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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4 out of 5 stars
By A. Kieffer on 09-16-17

engaging

Lovely writing style. I was totally engaged with the two stories and intrigued as to how they would eventually meld. engaging to the end.

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