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A Bigamist’s Daughter Audiobook

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Written by Alice McDermott

Narrated by Tavia Gilbert

Published on February 28, 2012

Audio is 1431 hours and 40 minutes

About A Bigamist’s Daughter:

The New York Times Bestselling Author of After This and Charming Billy

Elizabeth Connelly, editor at a New York vanity press, sells the dream of publication (admittedly, to writers of questionable talent). Stories of true emotional depth rarely cross her desk. But when a young writer named Tupper Daniels walks in, bearing an unfinished novel, Elizabeth is drawn to both the novelist and his story—a lyrical tale about a man in love with more than one woman at once. Tupper’s manuscript unlocks memories of her own secretive father, who himself may have been a bigamist. As Elizabeth and Tupper search for the perfect dénouement, their affair, too, approaches a most unexpected and poignant coda.
A brilliant debut from one of our most celebrated authors, A Bigamist’s Daughter is “a wise, sad, witty novel about men and women, God, hope, love, illusion, and fiction itself” (Newsweek).

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Alice McDermott is the author of five previous novels, including Child of My Heart; Charming Billy, winner of the 1998 National Book Award; and At Weddings and Wakes, all published by FSG and Picador. She lives with her family outside Washington, D.C.

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1. What were your reactions to Tupper’s novel, which shapes the opening scenes of A Bigamist’s Daughter? Would you have bought his book, joining the hordes of readers he confidently predicted would have been intrigued? What was the effect of reading a book whose plot is built around the publishing process itself—albeit a very different form of publishing from the one Alice McDermott experienced?

2. A Bigamist’s Daughter was originally published in 1982. Has our image of single women changed very much since then? Would Elizabeth’s experiences with dating, living alone, and establishing a career remain the same if she were a twenty-first-century character?

3. How would you describe Elizabeth’s relationship with her mother? What did her mother teach her about the role of women? What transformations did both women undergo after they began living apart?

4. What is the effect of the novel’s shifting points of view? In what way did it enhance the storytelling to use past-tense, first-person narration with the chapters set in Maine, allowing you to hear Elizabeth’s voice in those passages, while the rest of the novel unfolded in the present tense, with third-person narration?

5. How do Ward and Tupper compare as romantics? What makes them attractive to the women in their lives? What accounts for the tremendous differences in their approaches to love?

6. What were your initial impressions of Tupper? Did your opinion of him shift throughout the novel? Would you have trusted him and dated him?

7. What does sex mean to Elizabeth? What did she hope to achieve by staying celibate for several months? What determined whether she found a sexual encounter to be fulfilling—emotionally or otherwise?

8. How do Joanne’s attitudes about weddings and marriage compare to yours? What did her upbringing prepare her for in terms of marriage and having a family of her own? Did she have an advantage over Elizabeth? Would you have preferred to live Joanne’s life or Elizabeth’s?

9. To what extent is Elizabeth influenced by her Catholicism and by her Irish ancestry? Does she reject or embrace these legacies? How do these legacies mesh with Tupper’s notions of being a Southern gentleman?

10. How is Elizabeth affected by the fact-finding trip to Long Island? Is Tupper’s approach to finding an ending appropriate? Is the best ending to a novel found in actual events from someone’s past?

11. Discuss your reactions to Tupper’s comments about men and women at the end of Chapter Seventeen: “If a man fails to connect with a certain woman, he just goes on to someone else. But women—and I’m not condoning this, I’m just talking about the way things are—women derive so much more of themselves, their identity, their self-confidence from men.”
12. Which is the greater crime in the novel’s “bigamies”: disloyalty or dishonesty? What lies does Elizabeth tell? Are they harmful? Or are they necessary for her survival?
13. What parallels run between the seductive hope Elizabeth offers to prospective authors and the romantic seductions she experiences in her personal life? In the end, does Elizabeth become like her father?

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Elizabeth Connelly, editor at a New York vanity press, sells the dream of publication (admittedly, to writers of questionable talent). Stories of true emotional depth rarely cross her desk. But when a young writer named Tupper Daniels walks in, bearing an unfinished novel, Elizabeth is drawn to both the novelist and his story—a lyrical tale about a man in love with more than one woman at once. Tupper’s manuscript unlocks memories of her own secretive father, who himself may have been a bigamist. As Elizabeth and Tupper search for the perfect dénouement, their affair, too, approaches a most unexpected and poignant coda.
A brilliant debut from one of our most celebrated authors, A Bigamist’s Daughter is “a wise, sad, witty novel about men and women, God, hope, love, illusion, and fiction itself” (Newsweek).

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“Tavia Gilbert vividly narrates Elizabeth’s quest for understanding of her past and her present…Gilbert conveys Elizabeh’s long-hidden pain and highlights McDermott’s message about relationships between men and women.” —AudioFile Magazine

“Impressive…A fascinatingly prismatic story.” —Anne Tyler, The New York Times Book Review

“One of our finest novelists at work today.” —Los Angeles Times

“There’s no one like Alice McDermott…her touch is light as a feather, her perceptions purely accurate.” —Elle

“Beautifully written.” —The Washington Post

“A masterly and admirable first novel…A Bigamist’s Daughter sparkles with crisp language and fine, precise writing….A richly detailed story.” —The Kansas City Star

“McDermott is an enormously skilled and assured writer who transforms the ordinary into something magical.” —The Cleveland Plain Dealer

A Bigamist’s Daughter was published on February 28, 2012.

The A Bigamist’s Daughter Audiobook is 1431 hours and 40 minutes. Speechify has the Unabridged edition version of the audiobook.

Both the publication language and the narration language are in English.

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Subjects in A Bigamist’s Daughter

A Bigamist’s Daughter includes the following subjects: World Literature / American / 20th Century. The BISAC Subject Code is Fiction, Literary.

About the Author(s) of A Bigamist’s Daughter

The author of A Bigamist’s Daughter is Alice McDermott.

About the Narrator of A Bigamist’s Daughter Audiobook

The narrator for the A Bigamist’s Daughter Audiobook is Tavia Gilbert.

A Bigamist’s Daughter Audiobook Additional Info

The imprint is Macmillan Audio. It is supplied by MPS. The ISBN-10 is 1427222797. The ISBN-13 is 9781427222794.

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