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Nuclear Family

A Tragicomic Novel in Letters

by Susanna Fogel Author · Gabra Zackman Narrator

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From filmmaker and New Yorker contributor Susanna Fogel comes a comedic novel about a fractured family of New England Jews and their discontents. Told entirely in letters to a heroine we never meet, we get to know the Fellers through their check-ins with Julie over the course of three decades: their thank-you notes, letters of condolence, family gossip, and good old-fashioned familial passive-aggression.

Together, their missives—some sardonic, others absurd, others heartbreaking—weave a tapestry of a very modern family trying (and often failing) to show one another they care.

The titular "nuclear family" includes, among many others, a narcissistic former-child-prodigy father who has taken up haiku writing in his old age and his new wife, a traditional Chinese woman whose attempts to help her stepdaughter find a man include FedExing her silk gowns from Filene's Basement; their six-year-old son, Stuart, whose favorite condiment is truffle oil and who wears suits to bed; and Julie's mother, a psychologist who never remarried but may be in love with her arrogant Rabbi and overshares about everything, including the threesome she had with Dutch grad students in 1972.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Blackstone Publishing
Edition:
Unabridged
Publication Date:
2017

Format

  • OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 150.2 MB
  • OverDrive Listen 150.2 MB

Susanna Fogel (Author)

Susanna Fogel is a Rhode Island native and apologist. She writes and directs movies and television, including the film Life Partners and the ABC drama series Chasing Life. She is an alumna of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and Columbia University....

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Creators

Narrator :
Oliver Wyman
Narrator :
Richard Ferrone
Narrator :
Dan Bittner
Narrator :
Jessica Almasy
Narrator :
Jonathan Davis
Narrator :
L. J. Ganser
Narrator :
Lance Rubin
Narrator :
Ellen Archer
Narrator :
Suzanne Toren
Narrator :
Lauren Fortgang
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A Full Cast
Narrator :
Carol Monda
Narrator :
Gabra Zackman
Narrator :
Scott Aiello
Narrator :
Josh Hurley
Narrator :
Dara Rosenberg
Author :
Susanna Fogel
Narrator :
Michael David Axtell
Narrator :
Bailey Carr
Narrator :
Allison Hiroto
Narrator :
Stephen Bel Davies
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