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?"


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

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Yuck! I am a fan of Jodi Picoult, and some literary sites recommended this book as being paralell to Picoult (for ethical and social subject matter).

I found this book to very drawn out, tedious, whiny and lacking enough plot to keep it from being so whiny and annoying. Once I got halfway into the book, I had more compassion for the self-centered main character, and could understand why the author portrayed her in that way... but the first part of the book was almost so unbearable I almost didn't make it through.

Can't say I would recommend it. Spend your credits on some Picoult instead!
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- Carolyn

Obnoxious musical interludes ruin the story

The story is mildly engaging, but the truly obnoxious music played at intervals (not even clearly delineating parts of the story) absolutely ruined the experience.
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- Joan

Book Details

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