"ThisBeautiful Life is a gripping, potent and blisteringly well-written story offamily, dilemma, and consequence. . . . I read this book with white-knuckledurgency, and I finished it in tears. Helen Schulman is an absolutely brilliantnovelist." —Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
Theevents of a single night shatter one family’s sense of security and identity inthis provocative and deeply affecting domestic drama from Helen Schulman, theacclaimed author of A Day at the Beach and Out of Time. In thetradition of Lionel Shriver, Sue Miller, and Laura Moriarty, Schulman crafts abrilliantly observed portrait of parenting and modern life, cunningly exploringour most deeply-held convictions and revealing the enduring strengths thatemerge in the face of crisis.
An upper-class family is rocked by scandal when teenage son Jake receives an e-mail containing an amateur pornographic video from a female admirer. Not knowing how to react, he forwards the e-mail to a friend. When the video goes viral and becomes a prominent news story, Jake is suspended from school and the family becomes the focus of local gossip. Hillary Huber narrates with tremendous empathy for all the characters, conveying their emotions and point of view, and making listeners sympathize with the entire cast. Huber does not create voices per se, instead she simply changes the inflection of her voice to bring out the personality of each character: Jake has a slangy, insecure, whiny sound to his voice; mom Liz's voice is warm and maternal, but also introspective and conflicted; father Richard is always strong and commanding even when he feels inside that his world is falling apart. All the complexities and insecurities of the characters are present in Huber's nuanced performance, making this a compelling and thought-provoking audio. A Harper hardcover.
This Beautiful Life
Found the parents unsympathetic characters, irresponsible and even unlikeable. The ending left me unsatisfied.
Liked that the topic was so current and the story is a good cautionary tale.
This Beautiful Life
What a disappointing ending! Don't waste your money.
Overrated and over advertised
I gave up on this book. That is something I normally don't do. It's very hard to follow and there is just too many irrelevant details.I didn't even make it too the end and I'm very dissatisfied with that. I expect this to be at a used bookstore being sold for a dollar. Sorry I call them like I see them.