Radiant Shimmering Light by Sarah Selecky audiobook

Radiant Shimmering Light: A Novel

By Sarah Selecky
Read by Lisa Flanagan

Blackstone Publishing 9781635571806


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Runtime: 11.93 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English



An Entertainment Weekly Pick of the Month

A People Pick of the Week

An Amazon Best Book of the Month selection 

A Bustle Pick of 8 Best Fiction Books of December

A nuanced satire—both hilarious and disconcerting—that probes the blurred lines between empowerment, spirituality, and consumerism in our online lives

Lilian Quick is forty, single, and childless, working as a pet-portrait artist. She paints the colored light only she can see, but animal aura portraits are a niche market at best. She’s working hard to build her brand on social media and struggling to pay the rent.

Her estranged cousin has become internet-famous as “Eleven” Novak, the face of a massive feminine lifestyle empowerment brand, and when Eleven comes to town on tour, the two women reconnect. Despite twenty years of unexplained silence, Eleven offers Lilian a place at the Temple, her Manhattan office. Lilian accepts, moves to New York, and quickly enrolls in the Ascendency, Eleven’s signature program: an expensive, three-month training seminar on leadership, spiritual awakening, and marketing. Eleven is going to help her cousin become her best self: confident, affluent, and self-actualized.

In just three months, Lilian’s life changes drastically: she learns how to break her negative thought patterns, achieves financial solvency, grows an active and engaged online following, and builds authentic friendships. She finally feels seen for who she really is. Success! But can Lilian trust everything Eleven says? This compelling, heartfelt satire asks us, How do we recognize authenticity when storytelling and magic have been co-opted by marketing?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"[She] finds plenty to make fun of in this ridiculous-yet frighteningly familiar-world.” Entertainment Weekly
"[A] hilarious debut novel about self-help gurus and the people who follow them…There’s plenty of laughs—but lots of truth, too.” Washington Post
“The author explores the power and distraction of social media, the paths to creativity, and how intense devotion to a cause can either consume one’s identity or allow one to flourish, resulting in a searing look at mass market–oriented transformation.” Publishers Weekly
“Selecky’s deadpan tone, punchy writing, and vivid characters transport readers to a specific, highly diverting world that hits close to the bone and sparks the self-reflection it’s spoofing.” Booklist
“A funny, tender, gimlet-eyed dive into the cult of self-improvement.” Kirkus Reviews
“Narrator Lisa Flanagan will have listeners laughing at this ironic coming together of two very different estranged women…Flanagan helps listeners differentiate the two women and their idiosyncrasies…This fun story told by a confident narrator will help make any jog, drive, or wait enjoyable.” AudioFile



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Author Bio: Sarah Selecky

Author Bio: Sarah Selecky

Sarah Selecky’s breakout debut collection, This Cake Is for the Party, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, was short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book, and was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her stories have been published in the Walrus, Elle, the New Quarterly, and The Journey Prize anthology, among other publications. She is also the creator of the beloved online creative writing school, and MFA alternative, Story Is a State of Mind.

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Available Formats : Retail CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 11.93
Audience: Adult
Language: English