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Appointment in Samarra

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One of the great novels of small-town American life, Appointment in Samarra is John O'Hara's crowning achievement. In December 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville, Pennsylvania, social circuit is electrified with parties and dances. At the center of the social elite stand Julian and Caroline English. But in one rash moment born inside a highball glass, Julian breaks with polite society and begins a rapid descent toward self-destruction. Brimming with wealth and privilege, jealousy and infidelity, O'Hara's iconic first novel is an unflinching look at the dark side of the American dream - and a lasting testament to the keen social intelligence of a major American writer.

©2013 John O'Hara (P)2013 Penguin Audio

Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
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The New York Stories

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Collected for the first time, the New York stories of John O'Hara, "among the greatest short story writers in English, or in any other language" (Brendan Gill, Here at The New Yorker) Collected for the first time, here are the New York stories of one of the 20th century's definitive chroniclers of the city - the speakeasies and highballs, social climbers and cinema stars, mistresses and powerbrokers, unsparingly observed by a popular American master of realism. Spanning his four-decade career, these more than 30 refreshingly frank, sparely written stories are among John O'Hara's finest work, exploring the materialist aspirations and sexual exploits of flawed, prodigally human characters and showcasing the snappy dialogue, telling details, and ironic narrative twists that made him the most-published short story writer in the history of the New Yorker.

©1932 John O'Hara (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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Ten North Frederick

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The National Book Award-winning novel by the writer Fran Lebowitz called “the real F. Scott Fitzgerald”. Joe Chapin led a storybook life. A successful small-town lawyer with a beautiful wife, two over-achieving children, and aspirations to be president, he seemed to have it all. But as his daughter looks back on his life, a different man emerges: one in conflict with his ambitious and shrewish wife, terrified that the misdeeds of his children will dash his political dreams, and in love with a model half his age. With black wit and penetrating insight, Ten North Frederick stands with Richard Yates' Revolutionary Road, Evan S. Connell's Mr. Bridge and Mrs. Bridge, the stories of John Cheever, and Mad Men as a brilliant portrait of the personal and political hypocrisy of mid-century America.

©1955 John O'Hara (P)2014 Penguin

Narrator: Scott Aiello
Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
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BUtterfield 8

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The best-selling novel that became an Oscar-winning film starring Elizabeth Taylor about New York's speakeasy generation. A masterpiece of American fiction and a best seller upon its publication in 1935, BUtterfield 8 lays bare with brash honesty the unspoken and often shocking truths that lurked beneath the surface of a society still reeling from the effects of the Great Depression. One Sunday morning, Gloria wakes up in a stranger's apartment with nothing but a torn evening dress, stockings, and panties. When she steals a fur coat from the wardrobe to wear home, she unleashes a series of events that can only end in tragedy. Inspired by true events, this novel caused a sensation on its publication for its frank depiction of the relationship between a wild and beautiful young woman and a respectable, married man.

©2013 John O'Hara (P)2014 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Gretchen Mol
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
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Begegnung in Samarra

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Gibbsville - ein verschlafenes Städtchen in Pennsylvania, Weihnachten 1930. Champagnergläser klirren im exklusivsten Club der Stadt: Im Mittelpunkt der gehobenen Gesellschaft ein junges Paar, Julian English und seine schöne Frau Caroline. Als Autohändler von Cadillacs hat Julian ein kleines Vermögen gemacht und sich seinen Platz in der Gesellschaft gesichert. Doch etwas in Julian sträubt sich gegen Dünkel und sozialen Druck und ein banaler Ausbruch, eine einzige falsche Geste, hat unabsehbare Folgen und besiegelt sein gesellschaftliches Schicksal.

©1934 / 2007 John O'Hara / Verlag C.H. Beck, München. Aus dem Englischen von Klaus Modick (P)2008 SWR

Author: John O'Hara
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
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