Kara makes a decision to end her days on Earth. Writing a note to her family and dog, she believes this is the finale. A quick trip to the bridge overlooking the riverbanks, and her cares will be over. But life has other plans for Kara, and so she must begin anew. Her ebullient best friend, Amanda, blithely courts dangers of her own. Her daughter, Darla, believes she is a prophetess who controls the fish in the aquarium. Son Bucky, tender and sarcastic, is reaching a brooding puberty while husband Kyle begins to wonder how he ever could have wed so mercurial a woman. In some way each depends on the strength of this central female figure. Second Chance is a comedy dark around the edges, about snatching triumph from the jaws of humiliation. Its close-knit, offbeat characters ring with the wit, poetry, and wiles of everyday existence. They move from heartbreak to joy while barely noticing. Their collective journey to redemption begins with the impulsive jump of a desperate wife and mother and ends with an unexpected trip to the mountains, taking in along the way everything from arson and the angel of death to sailboats and Scrabble.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend - the narrator drew me in, and made me want to follow the story to its finish.
What other book might you compare Second Chance to and why?
If I had to make a comparison, it would be to Anne Tyler's work. Johnny Payne spins a story around the mundane, every-day, minutia of life.
Have you listened to any of Adrianne Cury’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Adrianne Cury makes even passable prose compelling. This is an audiobook that you want to listen to, not just have as background while driving.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?