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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author and Tea Leoni, with their daughter, West Duchovny. 

New York Times best-selling author David Duchovny reimagines the Irish mythological figure of Emer in Miss Subways, a darkly comic fantasy love story set in New York City. 

Emer is just a woman living in New York City who takes the subway, buys ice cream from the bodega on the corner, has writerly aspirations, and lives with her boyfriend, Con. But is this life she lives the only path she’s on? 

Taking inspiration from the myth of Emer and Cuchulain and featuring an all-star cast of mythical figures from all over the world, David Duchovny’s darkly funny fantasy audiobook Miss Subways is one woman’s trippy, mystical journey down parallel tracks of time and love. On the way, Emer will battle natural and supernatural forces to find her true voice, power, and destiny. 

A fairy tale of love lost and regained, Miss Subways is also a love letter to the city that enchants us all: New York.

©2018 David Duchovny (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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wonderful storytelling at its finest!

the narration was beautiful. Amazingly smart topic. I loved it and highly recommend this. a truly engaging Tale. The story has so much history attached to it fantasy as well as reality feelings as well as thoughts.

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Irish Myth + NYC Subway = A Wonderful Book

First of all, this is a very *literary* book, make no mistake of it. The New York Times should be ashamed of themselves for discussing (rather than reviewing) this utterly original and wonderful creation in the "Style" section because it was written by an actor and is therefore considered by them to be somehow "not literary". How wrong these snobs of the elite can be! David Duchovny has created something utterly new and original out of some old Irish cloth and his own sardonic wit and his sense of humanity. This book has its origins in the play "The Only Jealousy of Emer" by W.B. Yeats but to say that may be off-putting to many and I urge them to see past this and instead savor something truly original and non-derivative. For me this book compares favorably with George Saunders' wonderful "Lincoln In The Bardo" in that we see in these two books how literature offers the creative artist the greatest freedom from the linear, spatial, and chronological constraints we must endure as residents of this temporal world. Between the covers of a book the author can invent whatever he or she wants to give birth to! Both of these books are wonderful exercises in fantasy and history which at the same time have at their core a life-affirming sense of what is possible to us in this life.
By the way, Audible - my first impulse on listening to both of these fantastic books was to give them as gifts and I find I can't do this. What is wrong with you? Have you lost your minds? People who enjoy books love sharing them with other people and you don't want us to do this? You have been "fixing" the Give As A Gift option you removed it seems like forever don't you want the business gift-giving will generate? Is this really so hard to figure out?

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He’s done it again!

Yet another gripping tale from David Duchovny! Masterful. Imaginative. Enthralling. Sexy. Highly original. Extremely deep and intelligent content.

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We All Deserve to be Miss Subways

I may be in love with the book in the same way I am in love with magic, wishes and good conversations, in the same way that I am in love with the absurd and the strange, in the same way I am in love with love and courtship and friendship and the everafter, in the same way I am in love with life itself.

In this strange fairytale of myth and legend. We meet Emer and Con, two people who are perfect for each other and destined to be together. On the journey, there's a crow and a Celtic fairy little person and Duchovny addresses what it means to be a teacher, a learner, a spiritual person, a lover, a daughter, a father and, finally, what it means to live our lives to the fullest, the way that our lives are supposed to be lived.

If you've ever been to NYC, I promise you won't look at it the same way again.

I'd also suggest reading these other books: Smythology, Infinite Jest and American Gods. They are all wonderfully strange and peculiar tales of living and dying and loving and losing. They, like this book, will play with your interpretation of reality and your ideas and definitions of what makes us human. They will make you laugh and cry and gaffah.

I enjoyed this journey.

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Not my type of book!

I couldn't finish it. I tried to keep reading but it just wasn't interesting to me. Barely got very far into it before I just gave up. Way too many books out there that I want to read.

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enchanting

This book is amazing! The story took me away to another land, and was beautifully read by the author. This is the first book I have come across by David Duchovny, and now I will read/listen to them all!

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Terrible audiobook

Not entertaining. Dull text read by a full reader. I only got through second chapter.

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Enlightening, witty, and charming.

I never knew the myth of Emer, now I am intrigued to know more. And superb Duchovny; his narration makes it that much more pleasurable!

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too odd for my taste

I love Duchovny's other books so I was excited to get into this one. His dry wit is still there in a story that is very oddly paced and missing genres in a unique way, not really a good way but interesting. overall I found the romance aspect too weird to be cute which took me out of it and it was hard to care for the characters. If you're a Duchovny fan go read Bucky F*cking Dent which is truly wonderful and just skip this one

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Unexpected Delight

I bought this book because I liked DD’s previous works, and didn’t read up too much on the plot/premise beforehand. Honestly thought it was going to be a feel-good fluffy romantic tale, and was delighted to experience so many fun twists and turns and unexpected brilliance. It’s rare that I read a book and then want to do more research, but I find myself curious about the mythology behind the story and thinking about it long after I’m done listening. Cheers to a job well done!

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  • 08-13-18

Compulsive listening!

Honestly bought this out of curiosity but thoroughly engaged by the book once started! Listened to in car before work, during lunch, on way home and before bed! Loved Emer (Eimear?), the mythology and the reference to birdy num num which is a memory that always makes me giggle!

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  • Karen Petherick
  • 08-26-18

And the winner is...

Funny, smart and engaging. I loved the grounding in myth and legend. Great writing from an author who clearly loves words and ideas and plays with them so beautifully.