Audiobook: A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison
A Rapid Review
Publisher: Random House Audio | January 2015
Format: Audio Download | 10 hours | Rating: 4 stars
Audio Listening Level: Intermediate
A Small Indiscretion is a riveting debut novel about a woman’s search for understanding and forgiveness, a taut exploration of a modern marriage, and of love—the kind that destroys, and the kind that redeems.
Even in the days before Facebook, Twitter, and other social media, the past has a way of resurfacing when you least expect it.
Annie is a happily married mom of three, until the day a photograph taken years ago arrives anonymously in the mail. Twenty years ago Annie lived a carefree life as an office assistant to a real-estate developer in London. The photo was of Annie, her boss, his wife, and the wife’s lover (who Annie had a passion for). She didn’t even remember this photo being taken, and it was from a part of her past she had thought was long forgotten.
The story moves back and forth in time between London twenty years ago and San Francisco in the present. As the story opens, Annie has just learned that her son was in a car accident. Although he is in a coma, Annie sits at his bedside and begins to tell him about the year he was conceived—the year she lived in London—and of the several romantic affairs she had, and how she met his father that same year.
Eventually pieces of the puzzle come together and Annie’s story is revealed. The beautiful, descriptive prose and richly detailed surroundings made this compelling story a joy to listen to.
The narration was performed by Kathe Mazur. Shifts in time were deftly handled and I did not have a problem following the progression of the story.
[Audio Sample on SoundCloud.]
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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