The English American

  • by Alison Larkin
  • Narrated by Alison Larkin
  • 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Pippa Dunn, adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that "culture clash" has layers of meaning she'd never imagined. Meet The English American, a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Alison Larkin's autobiographical one-woman show of the same name.The very English Pippa knows how to make a proper cup of tea, has attended a posh English boarding school, and discusses the crossword rather than exchange any cross words with her proper English family. Yet Pippa - creative, disheveled, and impulsive to the core - has always felt different from her perfectly poised, smartly coiffed sister and steady, practical parents, whose pastimes include Scottish dancing, gardening, and watching cricket.When Pippa learns, at age 28, that her birth parents are from the American South, she feels that lifelong questions have been answered. She meets her birth mother, an untidy, artistic, free-spirited redhead, and her birth father, a charismatic (and politically involved) businessman, and she moves to America to be near them. At the same time, she relies on the guidance of a young man with whom she feels a mysterious connection - a man who discovered his own estranged father and who, like her birth parents, seems to understand her in a way that no one ever has before. Pippa feels she has found herself and everything she thought she wanted.But has she? Caught between two opposing cultures, two sets of parents, and two completely different men, Pippa is plunged into hilarious, heart-wrenching chaos. Her birth father turns out to be involved in neoconservative activities she hates, and the mesmerizing mother who once abandoned her now refuses to let her go. And the man of her fantasies may be just that.Larkin's compulsively readable first novel unearths universal truths about love, identity, and family with wit, warmth, and heart.


What the Critics Say

"Author and narrator Alison Larkin lights up the earphones with her portrayal of Pippa Dunn, an English young woman who discovers that her birth parents are Americans. Pippa decides to go to America to meet them and ends up finding herself—and true love. Larkin's heartfelt narration conveys Pippa's mixed up feelings of confusion and guilt—as well as the story's humor. Larkin moves delightfully between the various British and American accents. With gentle humor, she pokes fun at both American and British cultures while making it clear she loves them both. This audio experience is like watching a great romantic comedy. Have the tissues ready at the end—the romance is that good! Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Well worth a listen

If you could sum up The English American in three words, what would they be?

Heartwarming, thought-provoking, funny

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the warm honesty of the protagonist. Perhaps partly because this Alison Larkin narrating her own work - which is semi-based on her real life experience - the whole result is a completely authentic and real heroine.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

No spoilers! But there were plenty!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I really wanted to - as it was I listened to it over about four days, I didn't want to stop.

Any additional comments?

I really hope Alison writes more books and narrates them herself, she's a huge talent.

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- KatMari

Gripping Listen

An amazing narrator who holds your attention throughout the whole book. Very well written too of course!
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- Graphite74

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-03-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios