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The Late Interiors

A Life Under Construction
Written by: Majorie Sandor
Narrated by: Amanda Carlin
Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins

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An honest, funny, beautifully written memoir that explores the author’s "growing up" into middle age while rediscovering love, home, gardening, and art.

At a time in her life when she once thought a person should have been well settled in for the long haul, Sandor and her new beloved set out to begin a new life together. They buy an old house on the border between the large university, which employs them both, and a small urban/student "wilderness". Sandor’s young daughter, Hannah, divides her time between her father and her mother’s new home. Almost immediately, Sandor’s partner, Tracy, undergoes sudden heart surgery. He survives, but as they marvel at the fragility of their new life together, they discover that a developer, the Archdiocese of Portland, is planning a multi-story student apartment complex just behind their small, nascent back garden, where a small cluster of Arts and Crafts cottages stands. The development threatens the newfound haven they hope to make for themselves and Sandor’s daughter.

The Late Interiors tells the story of five seasons of change and renewal in a woman’s life, braiding entries from a garden journal with lyric meditations and full-blown essays on our eternal - and contradictory - hunger for adventure and refuge. Making a life in art, finding domestic harmony in a new partnership, discovering how a neighborhood comes together to take on seemingly unbeatable developers, and learning how to move forward through hardship and fear to embrace life in its fullest are the enduring themes of this witty and beautifully crafted memoir.

©1996, 2011 Margriet de Moore, Em. Querido Uitgeverij, BV. Translation copyright 2000, 2011 by Paul Vincent (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

In Majorie Sandor’s memoir The Late Interiors, a life in flux is contrasted with the serenity of gardening.

Set over five seasons, Sandor’s book describes the author leaving her husband for a colleague, sharing custody of her child, and buying a new house. Meanwhile, Sandor and her new lover battle real-estate developers who threaten their newfound tranquility. Gardening helps her make sense of her midlife crisis.

Amanda Carlin’s adopts a soothing tone in her performance that complements this lyrically written meditation on loss and renewal.

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  • Jennie
  • 04-03-13

Sounded promising but.......

This book sounded interesting, and I tried to find it interesting but alas no, to me it is mundane with no real insights etc... it rambles on and on..I seldom like to say anything negative about a book but this time I just had to say.. if you are after insight, interest and intrigue go and find another book..this book is purely a memoir with nods to authors but nothing that I found inspiring. Sorry.

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