The Two-Family House

  • by Linda Cohen Loigman
  • Narrated by Barrie Kreinik
  • 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Brooklyn, 1947: In the midst of a blizzard, in a two-family brownstone, two babies are born minutes apart to two women. They are sisters by marriage, with an impenetrable bond forged before and during that dramatic night; but as the years progress, small cracks start to appear, and their once deep friendship begins to unravel. No one knows why, and no one can stop it.
One misguided choice; one moment of tragedy. Heartbreak wars with happiness and almost but not quite wins. From debut novelist Lynda Cohen Loigman comes The Two-Family House, a moving family saga filled with heart, emotion, longing, love, and mystery.

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What the Critics Say

"Two families, both living in one house, drive an exquisitely written novel of love, alliances, the messiness of life and long buried secrets. Loigman's debut is just shatteringly wonderful and I can't wait to see what she does next." (Caroline Leavitt, New York Times best-selling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You)
"No good deed goes unpunished. In a single, intensely charged moment, two women come to a private agreement meant to assure each other's happiness. But as Lynda Cohen Loigman deftly reveals, life is not so simple, especially when it involves two families, tightly intertwined. The Two-Family House is sympathetically observed and surely plotted all the way through to its deeply satisfying conclusion." [Christina Schwarz, author of Drowning Ruth (an Oprah's Book Club pick) and national best seller The Edge of the Earth]

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A Two Family Saga

This book is set in late 1940s Brooklyn and focuses on a close-knit large extended family who live and work together in the family box factory. The story clips along at an engaging speed with lots of dialogue, well developed characters and several convoluted family secrets.

The storytelling really shines in its ability to make the characters believable people you can care about. Even better, gradually and subtly the story becomes a mirror the author, Loigman, holds up to the reader. The listener may even be able to recognize people, behaviors, and choices from their own lives and family in these characters. In doing this, the author shows the often inept and unaware power family members have over one another. This, at times, makes the book thought provoking and insightful. At other times, the writing had some clunkiness to it and I'm hoping this will disappear with experience.

The narration was a bit wooden in spots but over all Kreinik did a good job capturing the feeling and tone of the time.

If you enjoy multi-character complex family dramas set in distinct historic locations you might just like this book. I really enjoyed it.

P.S. I agree with another reviewer -- I hope we hear more about Judith -- maybe book 2?

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- Sara

Family (melo)drama

Initially, I wasn't sure about this one. The narration seemed flat, and the prologue set up an obvious scenario. But the author pulled off a compelling story of (2) families, close in proximity but so far apart in temperament. The narrator really nailed the dialogue. I'm glad I stuck with it !
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- Ruth Bain

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-08-2016
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio