What Is Left the Daughter

Howard Norman (Author) Bronson Pinchot (Read by)

Product Details

Blackstone Audiobooks
Publish Date
July 06, 2010
6.5 X 1.2 X 6.2 inches | 0.61 pounds
Compact Disc
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About the Author

Howard Norman is the author of several novels--The Northern Lights, The Bird Artist, and The Museum Guard--and a story collection, The Chauffeur. He has twice been named as a finalist for the National Book Award. He lives with his family in Vermont and Washington D.C.

Bronson Pinchot, an Audie Award-winning narrator and Audible's Narrator of the Year for 2010, received his education at Yale University. He restores Greek Revival buildings and appears in television, film, and on stage whenever the pilasters and entablatures overwhelm him.


"[What Is Left the Daughter] starts off with a bang--or, rather, a splash...Howard Norman is a gentle, deliberate writer, and his humor is smart and dry [in this] novel about the illogic of love and the violent chaos it leaves in its wake."

-- "New York Times Book Review"

"[An] intricately beautiful story about love, jealousy, war, prejudice, survival, and a library."

-- "Wall Street Journal"

"There is an archaic simplicity and precision, a narrow tonal register, to Norman's prose. English is not usually written this way; it certainly is not spoken this way. Yet in Norman's deft handling, the poetry of prose, although highly stylized, is exploited to full effect."

-- "San Francisco Chronicle"

"Spellbinding...Norman renders wartime Nova Scotia so vividly, the salty damp seems to seep into your bones."

-- "People"

"The latest from master of precision Howard Norman is again set in the gray majesty of Nova Scotia...In What Is Left the Daughter, Norman writes with spare elegance and dry humor, and the extraordinary emotional power of his slim new novel is earned with authentic grace."

-- "Entertainment Weekly"

"An expertly crafted tale of love during wartime...Norman's writing is effortless, and his plot is grand in scope but studded with moments of tenderness and intimacy that help crystallize the anxiety and weariness of life on the home front. That Norman is able to achieve so much in 250 pages is a testament to his mastery of the craft."

-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

"Bronson Pinchot bestows his performance of love and loss with an emotional yet guileless appeal. He believably produces German, Irish, and Canadian accents while also remaining true to Wyatt's clear voice and naΓ―ve character. Beautifully performed with subtle grace, this distinctive interpretation of historical events unfolds a poignant wartime confession of despair and hope."

-- "AudioFile"

"[In this] quiet but intensely affecting novel...Bronson Pinchot's finely muted narration captures every nuance of Norman's atmospheric, subtly shaped tale."

-- "BookPage"

"Norman...scores again with this gripping account of a family ripped apart by obsession and murder...Norman has developed this brave, emotionally reticent man with great delicacy. It is extraordinary that a story which carries such a weight of sorrow is never depressing, but Norman the master craftsman pulls it off."

-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"