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O Beautiful

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From Jung Yun, the critically-acclaimed author of Shelter, an unflinching portrayal of a woman trying to come to terms with the ghosts of her past and the tortured realities of a deeply divided America.
Elinor Hanson, a forty-something former model, is struggling to reinvent herself as a freelance writer when she receives an unexpected assignment. Her mentor from grad school offers her a chance to write for a prestigious magazine about the Bakken oil boom in North Dakota. Elinor grew up near the Bakken, raised by an overbearing father and a distant Korean mother who met and married when he was stationed overseas. After decades away from home, Elinor returns to a landscape she hardly recognizes, overrun by tens of thousands of newcomers.
Surrounded by roughnecks seeking their fortunes in oil and long-time residents worried about their changing community, Elinor experiences a profound sense of alienation and grief. She rages at the unrelenting male gaze, the locals who still see her as a foreigner, and the memories of her family's estrangement after her mother decided to escape her unhappy marriage, leaving Elinor and her sister behind. The longer she pursues this potentially career-altering assignment, the more her past intertwines with the story she's trying to tell, revealing disturbing new realities that will forever change her and the way she looks at the world.
With spare and graceful prose, O Beautiful presents an immersive portrait of a community rife with tensions and competing interests, and one woman's attempts to reconcile her anger with her love of a beautiful, but troubled land.
A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press
"O Beautiful is both an intimate look at one life and a fearless exploration of the biggest issues of our time...With a shrewd eye and sharp sense of humor, Jung Yun finds in the familiar tale of one woman's return to her small town roots a story as big as the nation itself."—Rumaan Alam, New York Times bestselling author of Leave the World Behind


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Publisher: Macmillan Audio Edition: Unabridged

OverDrive Listen audiobook

  • ISBN: 9781250829030
  • File size: 315864 KB
  • Release date: November 9, 2021
  • Duration: 10:58:02

MP3 audiobook

  • ISBN: 9781250829030
  • File size: 315900 KB
  • Release date: November 9, 2021
  • Duration: 11:03:59
  • Number of parts: 10

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From Jung Yun, the critically-acclaimed author of Shelter, an unflinching portrayal of a woman trying to come to terms with the ghosts of her past and the tortured realities of a deeply divided America.
Elinor Hanson, a forty-something former model, is struggling to reinvent herself as a freelance writer when she receives an unexpected assignment. Her mentor from grad school offers her a chance to write for a prestigious magazine about the Bakken oil boom in North Dakota. Elinor grew up near the Bakken, raised by an overbearing father and a distant Korean mother who met and married when he was stationed overseas. After decades away from home, Elinor returns to a landscape she hardly recognizes, overrun by tens of thousands of newcomers.
Surrounded by roughnecks seeking their fortunes in oil and long-time residents worried about their changing community, Elinor experiences a profound sense of alienation and grief. She rages at the unrelenting male gaze, the locals who still see her as a foreigner, and the memories of her family's estrangement after her mother decided to escape her unhappy marriage, leaving Elinor and her sister behind. The longer she pursues this potentially career-altering assignment, the more her past intertwines with the story she's trying to tell, revealing disturbing new realities that will forever change her and the way she looks at the world.
With spare and graceful prose, O Beautiful presents an immersive portrait of a community rife with tensions and competing interests, and one woman's attempts to reconcile her anger with her love of a beautiful, but troubled land.
A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press
"O Beautiful is both an intimate look at one life and a fearless exploration of the biggest issues of our time...With a shrewd eye and sharp sense of humor, Jung Yun finds in the familiar tale of one woman's return to her small town roots a story as big as the nation itself."—Rumaan Alam, New York Times bestselling author of Leave the World Behind


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  • Details

    Publisher:
    Macmillan Audio
    Edition:
    Unabridged

    OverDrive Listen audiobook
    ISBN: 9781250829030
    File size: 315864 KB
    Release date: November 9, 2021
    Duration: 10:58:02

    MP3 audiobook
    ISBN: 9781250829030
    File size: 315900 KB
    Release date: November 9, 2021
    Duration: 11:03:59
    Number of parts: 10

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    OverDrive Listen audiobook
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