Child of My Heart

A Novel

Alice McDermott; Read by Sheryl Bernstein

Macmillan Audio

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A young girl's astonishing, poignant first look into the turbulent heart of things

"I had in my care that summer four dogs, three cats, the Moran kids, Daisy, my eight-year-old cousin, and Flora, the toddler child of a local artist. There was also, for a while, a litter of wild rabbits, three of them, that had been left under our back steps.... "

Alice McDermott's haunting and enchanting new work of fiction--her first since the bestselling Charming Billy, winner of the 1998 National Book Award--is narrated by a woman who was born beautiful. Her parents decided that her best chance in life was to marry a wealthy man, so she was raised on the east end of Long Island, among the country houses of the rich. On the cusp of fifteen, she is the town's most sought-after babysitter--cheerful, beloved, a wonder with children and animals, but also a solitary soul with an already complex understanding of human nature--when her favorite cousin, Daisy, comes to spend the summer.

The narrator's witty, piquant, deeply etched evocation of all that was really transpiring under the surface during that seemingly idyllic season gives her wry tale--infused with suppressed passion, disappointment, and enduring hope--its remarkable vividness and impact. Once again, Alice McDermott explores the mysterious depths of what seems like everyday life with unforgettable insight and resonant emotional power.

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"She is a writer in a league of her own." - Jill Smolowe, People

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Alice McDermott; Read by Sheryl Bernstein

Alice McDermott won the National Book Award in 1998 for Charming Billy. She is the author of four other novels: At Weddings and Wakes, a New York Times bestseller, That Night; and A Bigamist's Daughter. She lives with her family outside Washington, D.C. Sheryl Bernstein is an accomplished voice-over actress. She’s lent her voice to productions such as Spider-Man 3, Ultimate Spider-Man, Toy Story 2, and Aladdin. Her audiobook credits included narrating for authors such as Alice McDermott, Susan Vreeland, and Susan Nolen-Hoeksema. In describing Sheryl’s work on Child of My Heart, published by Macmillan Audio, AudioFile magazine has stated, “Sheryl Bernstein captures this quality perfectly, but even more astounding is how, by lightening her voice, she portrays the novel's children, rendering them tenderly but not sugary.”

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Child of My Heart
A Novel
Alice McDermott; Read by Sheryl Bernstein

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
March 2003
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781593970277
ISBN10: 1593970277
Audio Run Time: 9:00
$18.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
November 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312422912
ISBN10: 0312422911
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
$14.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780374706067
ISBN10: 0374706069
256 pages
$9.99
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