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Liv Stratman's Dark Comedies

A playlist of witty, screwball, and/or edgy novels for lovers of black comedy and satire. Curated by novelist and bookseller Liv Stratman of NYC's Book Club Bar.

The Secret History

By: Donna Tartt
Narrated by: Donna Tartt
Length: 22 hours 3 minutes

A Read With Jenna Book Club Pick International Bestseller“Enthralling. . . . A remarkably powerful novel.” —The New York TimesIn this brilliant novel from Donna Tartt, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Goldfinch, comes a richly textured and hypnotic story of golden youth corrupted by its own moral arrogance.Richard Papen had never been... Read more

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My Year of Rest and Relaxation

By: Ottessa Moshfegh
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 7 hours 14 minutes

“At first, My Year of Rest and Relaxation feels like the end of something, like a novel about the end of someone’s life. But Moshfegh has a way of affirming life unlike any other author. Repercussions of grief, emotional exhaustion, and the general anchors of life hurl a young woman into the warm embrace of the idea of hibernating for a year. Of... Read more

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The Pisces

A Novel

By: Melissa Broder
Narrated by: Melissa Broder
Length: 8 hours 19 minutes

LONGLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE
LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION

“Bold, virtuosic, addictive, erotic – there is nothing like The Pisces. I have no idea how Broder does it, but I loved every dark and sublime page of it.” —Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter 

 
Lucy has been writing her dissertation on Sappho... Read more

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My Sister, the Serial Killer

A Novel

By: Oyinkan Braithwaite
Narrated by: Adepero Oduye
Length: 4 hours 14 minutes

“Does family always come first? In My Sister, the Serial Killer, a resentful older sister continues to enable her younger sister's serial killer tendencies. If you are looking for a dark and sardonic crime story, I recommend this unique audiobook! Read more

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Jillian

A Novel

By: Halle Butler
Narrated by: Halle Butler
Length: 4 hours 35 minutes

The "sublimely awkward and hilarious" (Chicago Tribune), National Book Award "5 Under 35"-garnering first novel from the acclaimed author of The New Me--now in a new edition

Twenty-four-year-old Megan may have her whole life ahead of her, but it already feels like a dead end, thanks to her dreadful job as a gastroenterologist's receptionist and... Read more

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An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England

A Novel

By: Brock Clarke
Narrated by: Daniel Passer
Length: 10 hours 37 minutes

Sam Pulsifer, the hapless hero of this incendiary novel, has come to the end of a very long and unusual journey, and for the second time in his life he has the time to think about all the things that have and have not come to pass.

The truth is, a lot of remarkable things have happened in Sam’s life. He spent ten years in prison for accidentally... Read more

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Tears of the Trufflepig

A Novel

By: Fernando A. Flores
Narrated by: Raul Castillo
Length: 7 hours 10 minutes

LONGLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE. One of Tor.com's Best Books of 2019.

"Readers of this breakout work [will leave] thrilled and disoriented in equal measure." --Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal


One of The Daily Beast's Best Summer Beach Reads of 2019, one of Lit Hub and The Millions's Most Anticipated Books of 2019, one of...
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Geek Love

By: Katherine Dunn
Narrated by: Christina Moore
Length: 15 hours 28 minutes

Nominated for the National Book Award, Geek Love is mesmerizing, daring, and unconventional. Award-winning novelist Katherine Dunn fascinates and amazes much the same way tornados, earthquakes, and volcanos do. No one wants to be a victim, but most find the event too hypnotic to ignore. In order to save their traveling carnival from bankruptcy,... Read more

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A Far Cry from Kensington

By: Muriel Spark
Narrated by: Pamela Garelick
Length: 6 hours 7 minutes

Set on the crazier fringes of 1950s literary London, A Far Cry from Kensington is a delight, hilariously portraying love, fraud, death, evil, and transformation.Mrs. Hawkins, the majestic narrator of A Far Cry from Kensington, takes us well in hand and leads us back to her threadbare years in postwar London. There, as a fat and much admired... Read more

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Bark

Stories

By: Lorrie Moore
Narrated by: Lorrie Moore
Length: 5 hours 20 minutes

"Fifty years from now, it may well turn out that the work of very few American writers has as much to say about what it means to be alive in our time as that of Lorrie Moore" (Harper's).A literary event—a new collection of stories by one of America's most beloved and admired short story writers, her first collection in fifteen years.In these... Read more

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A Touch of Jen

By: Beth Morgan
Narrated by: Casey Turner
Length: 9 hours 44 minutes

A young couple's toxic Instagram crush spins out of control and unleashes a sinister creature in this twisted, viciously funny, "bananas good" story (Carmen Maria Machado). "Um, holy shit...This novel will be the most fun you'll have this summer." —Emily Temple, Literary Hub Remy and Alicia, a couple of insecure  service workers, are not... Read more

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The Middlesteins

A Novel

By: Jami Attenberg
Narrated by: Molly Ringwald
Length: 6 hours 56 minutes

“Edie loves food. She loves it much too much. And each member of her family in turn grapples with the issue i their own way. This was my first experience with a Jami Attenberg novel, and I've been loyal to her ever since. She's so good at writing distinctive voices and bringing characters to life, and this book showcases those skills brilliantly. Read more

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Cheat Day

A Novel

By: Liv Stratman
Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
Length: 9 hours 28 minutes

This clever and witty debut novel about the unexpected consequences of one woman’s attempt to exert control over her life by adhering to a strict wellness routine is “the kind of book you devour in a day or two…sexy and funny, but also very perceptive” (BuzzFeed).

Kit and David were college sweethearts. Now married and in their thirties, they... Read more

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