And When She Was Good CD: And When She Was Good CD

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Perennial New York Times and national bestselling author and acclaimed, multiple prizewinner Laura Lippman delivers a brilliant novel about a woman with a secret life who is forced to make desperate choices to save her son and herself.

Heloise considers it a blessing to be a person who seldom attracts attention. In her suburb, she's just a mom, the young widow with the forgettable job, who somehow never misses a soccer game. In the state capital, she's the redheaded lobbyist ...

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Overview

Perennial New York Times and national bestselling author and acclaimed, multiple prizewinner Laura Lippman delivers a brilliant novel about a woman with a secret life who is forced to make desperate choices to save her son and herself.

Heloise considers it a blessing to be a person who seldom attracts attention. In her suburb, she's just a mom, the young widow with the forgettable job, who somehow never misses a soccer game. In the state capital, she's the redheaded lobbyist with a good cause and a mediocre track record. But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, she's the woman of your dreams – if you can afford the hourly fee.

For more than a decade, Heloise believed she was safe, managing to keep up this rigidly compartmentalized life. But her secret life is under siege. One county over, another so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car, an apparent suicide. As forty looms and her son enters adolescence, Heloise is facing a mid-life crisis with much higher stakes than most will ever know. With no formal education, no real family or friends, Heloise has to remake her life – again. Disappearing will be the easy part. The trick is living long enough to start a new life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062204844
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 5.54 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman is the author of eleven novels featuring Baltimore private detective Tess Monaghan, seven stand-alone novels, and a short story collection. Her six most recent books have all been New York Times bestsellers. Lippman has won numerous literary prizes for her work, including the Edgar®, Anthony, Nero Wolfe, Agatha, Gumshoe, Barry, and Macavity Awards. A recent recipient of the first-ever Mayor's Prize, she lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband, David Simon; their daughter; and her stepson.

Linda Emond's credits include The Sopranos, all four Law & Orders, and American Experience: John & Abigail Adams. On Broadway: 1776 and Life x 3 (Tony® nomination, Outer Critics Circle Award). Off-Broadway appearances include Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul (Lucille Lortel Award, Obie Award).

Biography

Laura Lippman was a reporter for 20 years, including 12 years at The (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about "accidental PI" Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her work has been awarded the Edgar ®, the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe, and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Mayor's Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association.

Ms. Lippman grew up in Baltimore and attended city schools through ninth grade. After graduating from Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Md., Ms. Lippman attended Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her other newspaper jobs included the Waco Tribune-Herald and the San Antonio Light.

Ms. Lippman returned to Baltimore in 1989 and has lived there since.

Biography from author's website.

Good To Know

In our interview, Lippman shared some fun and fascinating facts about herself:

"I can do an imitation of Ethel Merman singing ‘Satisfaction.'"

"I'm not a Baltimore native -- I arrived here about six years too late for that. But I love the fact that I've convinced the world that I am."

"Like my character, Tess Monaghan, I used to row. Unlike her, I was very, very bad at it."

"I've written eight books in my series -- one not yet published -- and a stand-alone crime novel, but my subject is always, on some level, Baltimore.

It's a problem-place, neither northern nor southern, somewhat addicted to nostalgia, yet amnesiac about the more dicey parts of its past. I used an epigraph from H. L. Mencken in one of my books: ‘A Baltimorean is not merely John Doe, an isolated individual of Homo sapiens, like every other John Doe. He is a John Doe of a certain place -- of Baltimore, of a definite home in Baltimore.' I am a person of a certain place, and that place happens to be Baltimore."

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    1. Hometown:
      Baltimore, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 31, 1959
    2. Place of Birth:
      Atlanta, Georgia
    1. Education:
      B.S., Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, 1981

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  • Posted October 7, 2012

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    An Intriguing Story

    I thoroughly enjoy books where the authors create characters so realistic you begin to worry what’s going to happen to them way before you reach the ending. AND WHEN SHE WAS GOOD by Laura Lippmann is just such a story. This is especially true for the audio version performed by Linda Emond. Lippmann creates a most unique protagonist to care for in Helen ‘Heloise’ Lewis. Heloise is the madam for a very high-class escort service. But it’s Helen’s struggle, her transformation to Heloise, and her undying devotion to her son that makes her a protagonist you will cheer for, hope for and want more stories about. Narrator Linda Emond does an excellent job bringing all the emotions to the surface. She gives voice to the pain and loneliness Helen feels and the courage it takes Heloise to go on. Emond also give each character their own personal voice through her distinct vocalization. Her performance draws listeners in and holds them captivate as this intriguing story unfolds. In the suburbs, Heloise is mom to her 11-year-old son, a young widow with a forgettable job that is always at soccer games. In the state capital, Heloise is the redheaded lobbyist fighting good causes, but with only a mediocre track record. In discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, Heloise is the woman men dream of - that is if they can afford her hourly rate or that of one of her girls. Heloise has managed to keep her life compartmentalized for over a decade. But when another so-called suburban madam is found dead of an apparent suicide, she fears her secret life will be exposed. The deceased woman is an acquaintance from ‘back in the day’ when Heloise was Helen. The woman knew part of a dark secret that could get Heloise killed and let the killer know he has a son, her son. As if that’s not enough, Heloise is also dealing with a problematic former employee threatening her. In addition, as her son enters adolescence she worries he will discover what she does for a living and that would be the worst fate of all. Heloise is forced to make desperate choices in order to save her son and herself. Lippmann has created well-blended, well-developed characters. The story moves back and forth from the present to Helen’s past, explaining how and why she arrived at her new life. AND WHEN SHE WAS GOOD flows at a steady pace never losing your attention. While you may figure out a few aspects ahead of time, Lippmann will still surprise you with unexpected twists causing you to say, ‘didn’t see that coming.’ Heloise is a strong, independent, spunky - yet vulnerable - protagonist you will want to revisit again and again. FTC Full Disclosure - This audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

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