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The Other's Gold

A Novel
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
3.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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"The perfect book to read with your friends." (Bustle)

"The debut novel of the season, The Other's Gold reads like an origin story for the women of Big Little Lies." (Elle)

An insightful and sparkling novel that opens on a college campus and follows the friendship of four women across life-defining turning points

Assigned to the same suite during their freshman year at Quincy-Hawthorn College, Lainey, Ji Sun, Alice, and Margaret quickly become inseparable. The leafy green campus they move through together, the idyllic window seat they share in their suite, and the passion and ferocity that school and independence awakens in them ignites an all-encompassing love with one another. But they soon find their bonds - forged in joy, and fused by fear - must weather threats that originate from beyond the dark forests of their childhoods, and come at them from institutions, from one another, and ultimately, from within themselves. 

The Other's Gold follows the four friends as each makes a terrible mistake, moving from their wild college days to their more feral days as new parents. With one part devoted to each mistake - the Accident, the Accusation, the Kiss, and the Bite - this complex yet compulsively listenable debut interrogates the way that growing up forces our friendships to evolve as the women discover what they and their loved ones are capable of, and capable of forgiving. A joyful, big-hearted audiobook that perfectly evokes the bittersweet experience of falling in love with friendship, the experiences of Lainey, Ji Sun, Alice, and Margaret are at once achingly familiar and yet shine with a brilliance and depth all their own.

©2019 Elizabeth Ames (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

A Real Simple “Five Books That Won’t Disappoint”
A Bustle “28 New Books Out In August 2019 To Add To Your End-Of-Summer Reading List”
A Refinery29 “Put These New August Books On Your TBR List & Stat”

“Elizabeth Ames’s addictive debut, The Other’s Gold, is in some ways a conventional book, a campus novel, centered on the friendship of four women who fall into categories that seem a bit too predictable (the pretty one, the sporty one, etc.). But, just as collegiate first impressions can mutate and evolve, the book - along with its characters - grows increasingly complex, charting the way that the bonds forged in those heady moments when people are permitted to reinvent themselves can become the defining ties of adult life.... This novel will resonate with anyone who guards an inner circle forged in dorm rooms and dining halls, but it is also, in the end, more than that.” (Vogue)

“As first-year students at the prestigious Quincy-Hawthorn College, four suitemates are thrown together and enter into an intensely close friendship... Written in a deft omniscient narration...the novel sharpens when the women come into independent adulthood, and though the structure emphasizes the sameness of their transgressions - the way all of us will cross lines for morally complicated reasons - the characters finally bloom into vibrant individuality.” (Kirkus Reviews)

The Other’s Gold is as beautifully written and epic in scope as A Little Life, but featuring women characters.” (Refinery29)

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Great reading voice, relatable story.

The voice actor’s performance was great! The story was very relatable and entertaining. I recommend it!

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