The Nobodies Album

The Nobodies Album

by Carolyn Parkhurst
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Overview

The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst

From the bestselling author of The Dogs of Babel comes a dazzling literary mystery about the lengths to which some people will go to rewrite their past.

Bestselling novelist Octavia Frost has just completed her latest book—a revolutionary novel in which she has rewritten the last chapters of all her previous books, removing clues about her personal life concealed within, especially a horrific tragedy that befell her family years ago.

On her way to deliver the manuscript to her editor, Octavia reads a news crawl in Times Square and learns that her rock-star son, Milo, has been arrested for murder. Though she and Milo haven’t spoken in years—an estrangement stemming from that tragic day—she drops everything to go to him.

The “last chapters” of Octavia’s novel are layered throughout The Nobodies  Album—the scattered puzzle pieces to her and Milo’s dark and troubled past. Did she drive her son to murder? Did Milo murder anyone at all? And what exactly happened all those years ago? As the novel builds to a stunning reveal, Octavia must consider how this story will come to a close.

Universally praised for her candid explorations of the human psyche, Parkhurst delivers an emotionally gripping and resonant mystery about a mother and her son, and about the possibility that one can never truly know another person.


From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385533218
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/15/2010
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 479,716
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

CAROLYN PARKHURST is the author of the bestselling novels The Dogs of Babel and Lost and Found. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and their two children.


From the Hardcover edition.

Hometown:

Washington, D.C.

Date of Birth:

January 18, 1971

Place of Birth:

Manchester, New Hampshire

Education:

B.A. in English, Wesleyan University, 1992; M.F.A. in Creative Writing, American University, 1998

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The Nobodies Album 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying that I LOVED "Dogs of Babel" and recommended it to a lot of my friends. So I was very happy when I found "The Nobodies Album". I thought this book was incredible. It actually gave me chills a few times, and I had to put it down for a few moments to catch my breath! This is a really really good book. Very strong emotions. Love the way Carolyn Parkhurst writes about things that are totally original and unique, such great new ideas! I read a lot so finding something that's a completely new concept for a book is a real treat. This book has everything - mystery, love, loss, grief, very emotional. I love it and I can't wait for her next book!
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
The Nobodies Album is a multi-layered story revolving around author Octavia Frost, who has written a new book which is nothing but re-written endings to her previous books. On her way to drop her manuscript to her editor, she sees a news flash that her son, a popular rock star is being accused of killing his lover. Having being estranged from him for four years, she tries to reconnect with him and help him in his time of need. This is the meat of the novel which is also intertwined with the endings of the manuscript. In reading this story and the re-written chapters, we learn of Octavia's life and struggles and wonders if it could all have been different. Could we re-write our lives? This is an emotion journey and I enjoyed the ride, but at times found the re-written chapters a little distracting.
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Very interesting story. Well written. Strong and likeable characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maybe I should give it 5 stars, I like it almost as much as Dogs, but it was very good. The portraits she paints of relationships of all kinds but especially familial are complicated, messy, relatable. I liked the title much more once I read that part as well.
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Lauren Hicks More than 1 year ago
There is one word to decribe this book and it is ah-mazing!!!!!
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librarysusie More than 1 year ago
This book was so well written and very hard to put down. Author Octavia Frost has had a successful career but has been estranged from her son Milo, a famous rock star; they have grown steadily apart since the death of her husband and daughter when Milo was 9. But tragedy is about to bring them back together again when Octavia hears a news report that her son has been arrested for the murder of his girlfriend. There are excerpts from Octavia's books which all sound like books I would like to read! This was a story about family, failures, forgiveness and redemption. Through the words from the books Octavia has written you get glimpses into the life shared by her and Milo after the death of half of their family. Now Octavia and Milo need to work together to prove his innocence and repair their broken relationship. This was a very powerful book that flowed through the beautiful writing; it's so much more than a mystery but the mystery was a good one. This was my first book by Carolyn Parkhurst but for sure won't be my last. 4 ½ Stars
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Just read it! I've read all of hers. This is the best, and I eagerly await the next.
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KenCady More than 1 year ago
One of the reasons I give 4 stars to books I enjoyed is that I know I will soon come across a book that stands above all of those. The one that a five star rating is meant for. The Nobodies Album is such a book. Elegantly written and touching the reader on so many levels, it tells a tale of mother and son, of an author who worries about the impact her books might have, who is somewhat sensitive when they are criticized. (Makes me think twice about my 2 and 3 star reviews!) But the relationships discussed in this novel, those of friends and family, are told in a compelling drama of a mother who was convinced that her estranged son could not commit murder, and the faith that kept her after him following four years of silence. A well-recommended read.
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