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Recessional

A Novel
Narrated by: Larry McKeever
Length: 23 hrs and 18 mins
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In his stunning new novel, best-selling novelist James A. Michener draws on his unparalleled gift for storytelling, his deep understanding of American society, and his own life experiences to illuminate the challenges of aging and the folly of youth in a Florida retirement home known as the Palms.

As the new, young director of the Palms, Andy Zorn suffers no shortage of loving support and wise advice from his "elders", a group of five passionate, outspoken residents who refuse to accept the passive roles that both society and family have handed them. Yet past scandal has driven Zorn to despondency - until he meets an extraordinary young woman in the rehab wing who has been forced to rebuild her life in the face of crippling injuries. Now Zorn finds himself falling in love - and with the help and gentle jabs from his more mature friends, he discovers a wonderful new purpose in life....

©2014 James A. Michener (P)2015 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"The best moments in the novel occur when the characters disclose what's in their hearts and minds with rueful, snappy humor." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"Michener hooks you with wonderfully humorous scenes. These are then interwoven between the moments of pain and heartache brought about by life choices we all must make." ( Tulsa World)
"Engaging.... One will be drawn into the novelist's world.... The lush natural setting provides James Michener plenty to show and tell." ( The Washington Times)

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Text book of life comes too late

Michener has written the definitive book of Life. This good old fashioned Story needs to be required reading for everry eighteen year old.

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