The Rest of Her Life

  • by Laura Moriarty
  • Narrated by Julia Gibson
  • 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In The Rest of Her Life, Laura Moriarty delivers a luminous, compassionate, and provocative look at how mothers and daughters with the best intentions can be blind to the harm they do to one another. Leigh is the mother of high-achieving, popular high-school senior Kara. Their relationship is already strained for reasons Leigh does not fully understand when, in a moment of carelessness, Kara makes a mistake that ends in tragedy - the effects of which not only divide Leigh's family, but polarize the entire community. We see the story from Leigh's perspective as she grapples with the hard reality of what her daughter has done and the devastating consequences her actions have on the family of another teenage girl in town, all while struggling to protect Kara in the face of a rising public outcry.
Like the best works of Jane Hamilton, Jodi Picoult, and Alice Sebold, Laura Moriarty's The Rest of Her Life is a novel of complex moral dilemma, filled with nuanced characters and an engrossing plot that will make listeners ask themselves, "What would I do?"

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What the Critics Say

"Moriarty's honest novel about an ordinary family whose life changes in one extraordinary moment resonates like an emotional tuning fork." (Jodi Picoult)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

You really have to be patient when reading

This was a great story with a lot of details of the past so you have to be patient and stay with it. You will see where the author is going with each character. Good book. I would recommend it to my patient and older friends who likes a good story but my young adult daughters?? Not so much. They would want everything right up front.
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- Almarie Caldwell

Talented author; good character drama

Would you consider the audio edition of The Rest of Her Life to be better than the print version?

Hard to say. the audio version was much more readable, if for no other reason than the book is much moreof a character-driven novel than a plot-driven one. It moseys along nicely, but can be hard to get through.


What did you like best about this story?

I liked the character developemtn, how the characters themselves changed, even as their relationship changed with them.


What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Julia Gibson is an OK narrator; she is not my favorite because she can read very flatly on occasion. But she does a good job with the emotions in this book.


Any additional comments?

I loved Moriarty's first novel, The Center of Everything, and her most recent offering, The Chaperone; this is not as strong as either offering, but Moriarty has a wonderful knack of depicting the everydayness of her characters' lives.
A worthwhile read for her fans, but definitely not her strongest offering.

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- Daryl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-31-2007
  • Publisher: HarperAudio