• A Place Called Grace

  • By: Alison Rand
  • Narrated by: Alison Rand
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
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A Place Called Grace

By: Alison Rand
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Struggling New York actress Alison has an outwardly good life: toned body, plenty of dates, a comfortable daily regimen. Still, she feels stagnant, empty, and as blocked as the river view from her Upper West Side apartment. Now divorced and in her mid-30s, she has never gotten past an early childhood trauma of being torn away from her brother and sister when her parents separated. Since then, nothing sticks. No one stays. She craves a sense of permanence, a place to call home.

To shake things up, Alison makes a bold, possibly foolhardy move - she relocates to bureaucracy-riddled Rome, where she barely speaks the language, knows no one except the elusive Casanova who gave her one vacation night of pleasure, and has no acting work waiting. 

In a series of tragi-comic encounters, she tries to settle in to an exotic culture, looks for amore in all the wrong places, and begins to break into the acting world.

After a serious accident, Alison’s hopes for an Italian fantasy life come crashing down. Back in New York, the personal tragedies and career obstacles pile up until salvation arrives from an unexpected source.

A Place Called Grace is a humorous, hopeful, bittersweet contemporary memoir. It is a story of finding yourself amid the isolation and loneliness one can feel in modern-day life and shows how a seemingly unmoored existence can find its safe, solid center after all.

©2018 Alison Rand (P)2020 Alison Rand

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A Moving Memoir

I found Alison Rand’s book to be so refreshing, particularly the emotional honesty she expressed in so many challenging areas of her life. Having first read the memoir, in listening to Ms. Rand’s voice on her audiobook, I found myself even more drawn in to the intimacy of her experiences. So many areas of the author’s life touched me: the longing for connection in both female friendships and in the intense desire for a long lasting romance with a man; the loyalty and love for her mother and father, along with the layers of complexity these relationships bring; her loving affection for her brother, as well as the friendship with Grace in Grace’s later years. How all of us would love to have a Grace in our lives. I highly recommend this audiobook.

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AMAZING BOOK

A Place Called Grace is such an honest memoir. From the very beginning, it traps you in and it makes you want to keep reading. It is such an amazing and vulnerable book. The way she describes each and every emotion and feeling makes you believe that you're going through it with her. It teaches you that life is too short and things can happen unexpectedly. I commend Alison because no matter what she went through, she still kept her head high and kept going. Please please read this book!

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A touching memoir

This was a heartfelt and candid look into the life of someone who took a risk to create a new life for herself when she needed a change. Her accounts of dating in Italy and managing her relationships there were funny and relatable. In part 3, she shares her experience of loss and as a reader one can relate to the profound impact these relationships had on her. I recommend this book to anyone! And it definitely made me want to go back to Italy as soon as possible.

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A compelling story of self-discovery

A heartfelt yet witty bittersweet story of adventure, bravery and self-discovery with a moving narration.

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Delightful reading

I listened to the book on my way to work , it was very delightful to listen to the narrator every day.
Her story was very interesting kept my daily attention. Great read will be forwarding it to my friends.

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Happy that she found herself

Lively and talented narrator. Sharing the times when you're not at your best, when you're discovering what you want vs what you need, is vulnerable. The author shares those stories here and I applaud her for being vulnerable.

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I loved Alison’s delivery!

I love it when an author reads their own story. This memoir is so delightful to listen to. An authentically conveyed account of Alison’s life experiences of family, romance, tragedy and resilience told with humor, irony and love.
So good!

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A Life’s Journey.

I most say, I enjoyed listening to Alison reading her own book. She has made me feel her story with Heart & Grace. Her story also took me into my life’s journey & understanding that we all have been though times, & too pick up, dust yourself off & too walk with Grace.

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Wonderful listening experience


An entertaining,touching memoir, beautifully read by the author. An insightful, poignant, humorous account of a personal journey.

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Honesty.

Alison’s book was special on many levels. One of the hardest things to achieve is an ability too show your vulnerable side. Alison was so honest in guiding us through such a challenging time in her life. The level of detail was amazing. So vivid, colorful and no detail to small. I enjoyed it thoroughly it and look forward to listening to it again.

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