Us

Us

Audiobook CD - 2014 | Unabridged
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"David Nicholls brings the wit and intelligence that graced his enormously popular New York Times bestseller, One Day, to a compellingly human, deftly funny new novel about what holds marriages and families together--and what happens, and what we learn about ourselves, when everything threatens to fall apart. Douglas Petersen may be mild-mannered, but behind his reserve lies a sense of humor that, against all odds, seduces beautiful Connie into a second date. and eventually into marriage. Now, almost three decades after their relationship first blossomed in London, they live more or less happily in the suburbs with their moody seventeen year-old son, Albie. Then Connie tells him she thinks she wants a divorce. The timing couldn't be worse. Hoping to encourage her son's artistic interests, Connie has planned a month-long tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the world's greatest works of art as a family, and she can't bring herself to cancel. And maybe going ahead with the original plan is for the best anyway? Douglas is privately convinced that this landmark trip will rekindle the romance in the marriage, and might even help him to bond with Albie. Narrated from Douglas's endearingly honest, slyly witty, and at times achingly optimistic point of view, Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves, and learning how to get closer to a son who's always felt like a stranger. Us is a moving meditation on the demands of marriage and parenthood, the regrets of abandoning youth for middle age, and the intricate relationship between the heart and the head. And in David Nicholls's gifted hands, Douglas's odyssey brings Europe--from the streets of Amsterdam to the famed museums of Paris, from the cafes of Venice to the beaches of Barcelona--to vivid life just as he experiences a powerful awakening of his own. Will this summer be his last as a husband, or the moment when he turns his marriage, and maybe even his whole life, around?"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [New York] : Harper Audio, [2014]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062368485
0062368486
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 12 audio discs (14 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Haig, David

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Beth_Hatch Mar 04, 2015

A similar love story to The Rosie Project, Us is the story of a long-married couple Douglas and Connie. Douglas is a biologist; Connie is an artist and art teacher. The story begins when, after 20 years of marriage, Connie tells Douglas that she is thinking of leaving him. Their son is going off to college, and she just feels that they've done their job of raising their son.

Douglas is much like the main character in Rosie Project in that he is very socially awkward and a science geek though not autistic. He finds love with a spontaneous, attractive woman and can't believe his good luck when he meets and marries Connie.

This is a true look at marriage in all it's gritty detail. I became enrapt in the story of these fictional lives, and rooted for them to stay together, and for the son and father to forge a bond. But the story is true to life, and somehow the author is able to pull off a different happily-ever-after.

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