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Cleanness

Cleanness

Written by Garth Greenwell

Narrated by Garth Greenwell


Cleanness

Written by Garth Greenwell

Narrated by Garth Greenwell

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4/5 (41 ratings)
Length:
7 hours
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Released:
Jan 14, 2020
ISBN:
9781250261663
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Description

This program is read by the author.

In the highly anticipated follow-up to his beloved debut, What Belongs to You, Garth Greenwell deepens his exploration of foreignness, obligation, and desire

Sofia, Bulgaria, a landlocked city in southern Europe, stirs with hope and impending upheaval. Soviet buildings crumble, wind scatters sand from the far south, and political protesters flood the streets with song.

In this atmosphere of disquiet, an American teacher navigates a life transformed by the discovery and loss of love. As he prepares to leave the place he's come to call home, he grapples with the intimate encounters that have marked his years abroad, each bearing uncanny reminders of his past. A queer student's confession recalls his own first love, a stranger's seduction devolves into paternal sadism, and a romance with another foreigner opens, and heals, old wounds. Each echo reveals startling insights about what it means to seek connection: with those we love, with the places we inhabit, and with our own fugitive selves.

Cleanness revisits and expands the world of Garth Greenwell's beloved debut, What Belongs to You, declared "an instant classic" by The New York Times Book Review. In exacting, elegant prose, he transcribes the strange dialects of desire, cementing his stature as one of our most vital living writers.

Publisher:
Released:
Jan 14, 2020
ISBN:
9781250261663
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

About the author

Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You, which won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year, was longlisted for the National Book Award, and was a finalist for six other awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, it was named a Best Book of 2016 by over fifty publications in nine countries, and is being translated into more than a dozen languages. His second book of fiction, Cleanness, was published in 2020. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, A Public Space, and VICE, and he has written criticism for The New Yorker, the London Review of Books, and The New York Times Book Review, among others. A 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, he lives in Iowa City. 


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  • (2/5)
    Good quality audio book, the author narrates the book himself but I simply didn’t like this book. If it weren’t for an audio book I would’ve dnfed it back at chapter 2.
  • (5/5)
    Even better than What Belongs to You. Expanded, more complex, more satisfying.
  • (4/5)
    Highly sexualized but a realistic and honest portrait of the conflicts of gay identity.
  • (5/5)
    A book that's very honest and raw about navigating relationships with places, love, sex and trauma as a queer person.