An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination

A Memoir
By Elizabeth McCracken (Audiobook, 2008)
"This is the happiest story in the world with the saddest ending," writes Elizabeth McCracken in her powerful, inspiring memoir. A prize-winning, successful novelist in her 30s, McCracken was happy to be an itinerant writer and self-proclaimed spinster. But suddenly she fell in love, got married, and two years ago was living in a remote part of France, working on her novel, and waiting for the birth of her first child.
This audiobook is about what happened next. In her ninth month of pregnancy, she learned that her baby boy had died. How do you deal with and recover from this kind of loss? Of course you don't-but you go on. And if you have ever experienced loss or love someone who has, you will hope to go on with the help and company of this remarkable audiobook.
With humor and heart and unfailing generosity, McCracken considers the nature of love, and grief. She opens her heart and leaves all of ours the richer for it.
  • Hachette Audio
    • Format: Audiobook

    • Price: $16.98 US/$18.98 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9781600244728

    • On Sale Date: 09/10/2008

    • Publisher: Hachette Audio

    • Imprint: Little, Brown & Company

    Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Audiobook, Electronic Book

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"This is the happiest story in the world with the saddest ending," writes Elizabeth McCracken in her powerful, inspiring memoir. A prize-winning, successful novelist in her 30s, McCracken was happy to be an itinerant writer and self-proclaimed spinster. But suddenly she fell in love, got married, and two years ago was living in a remote part of France, working on her novel, and waiting for the birth of her first child.
This audiobook is about what happened next. In her ninth month of pregnancy, she learned that her baby boy had died. How do you deal with and recover from this kind of loss? Of course you don't-but you go on. And if you have ever experienced loss or love someone who has, you will hope to go on with the help and company of this remarkable audiobook.
With humor and heart and unfailing generosity, McCracken considers the nature of love, and grief. She opens her heart and leaves all of ours the richer for it.

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of The Giant's House, which was nominated for the National Book Award; Niagara Falls All Over Again, winner of the PEN/Winship Award; and Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry?, a collection of stories. She has received grants and awards from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Academy in Berlin.
  • "Ms. McCracken unpacks her metaphors with the intensity of a poet.... Ms. McCracken opts ... for a melodramatic finale that would make a Brontë sister blush."(on The Giant's House) (New York Times Book Review).

  • "Lovely . . . a tribute to the quiet passion of people trapped in isolation."(on The Giant's House) (Los Angeles Times).

  • "A true marvel . . . thoroughly enjoyable from its unlikely beginning to its bittersweet end."(on The Giant's House) (San Francisco Chronicle).

  • "McCracken tells her own story in this touching and often unexpectedly funny memoir.... McCracken's reading is enthralling and deeply moving, as if she is relating this intimate journey directly to each listener individually from a dark, candle-lit room, in an unforgettable performance." (Publishers Weekly).

  • "McCracken uses the brief length (4 1/2 hours of playing time) of her memoir to plumb deeply into her feelings of guilt and inadequacy....Alternately brittle and defiant, McCracken comes to her own terms with her ill-fated son..."

  • (Publishers Weekly).

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  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Price: $16.98 US/$18.98 CAN
  • Audio Run Time: 270
  • ISBN-13: 9781600244728
  • On Sale Date: 09/10/2008