The Irresistible Henry House

  • by Lisa Grunwald
  • Narrated by Oliver Wyman
  • 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is the middle of the 20th century, and in a home economics program at a prominent university, real babies are being used to teach mothering skills to young women. For a young man raised in these unlikely circumstances, finding real love and learning to trust will prove to be the work of a lifetime. In this captivating novel, bestselling author Lisa Grunwald gives us the sweeping tale of an irresistible hero and the many women who love him.
From his earliest days as a practice baby through his adult adventures in 1960s New York City, Disney's Burbank studios, and the delirious world of the Beatles London, Henry remains handsome, charming, universally adored and never entirely accessible to the many women he conquers but can never entirely trust.
Filled with unforgettable characters, settings, and action, The Irresistible Henry House portrays the cultural tumult of the mid-20th century even as it explores the inner tumult of a young man trying to transcend a damaged childhood. For it is not until Henry House comes face-to-face with the real truths of his past that he finds a chance for real love.


What the Critics Say

"Like T.S. Garp, Forrest Gump or Benjamin Button, Henry House, the hero of Grunwald’s imaginative take on a little known aspect of American academic life, has an unusual upbringing....Grunwald nails the era just as she ingeniously uses Henry and the women in his life to illuminate the heady rush of sexual freedom (and confusion) that signified mid-century life." (Publishers Weekly, starred review and "Pick of the Week")
"Irresistible." (Kathleen Daly, Newark Star-Ledger)
"The Irresistible Henry House is a soaring, heartfelt novel that spans three decades and an entire continent. Grunwald, author of several novels including Whatever Makes You Happy, creates a wholly original and all too human character in Henry House. Despite his quirks and shortcomings (or perhaps because of them), Henry is one of the most likeable, relatable characters in recent memory." (Amy Scribner, BookPage)


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Mothers and Sons

This only got a two star rating in a previous review, don't let that dissuade you.

A university does a home economics course where part of the curriculum is raising a child. Each year the orphanage delivers a new baby and the year Henry arrives, the professor takes him on permanently as her son.

We grow up with Henry and feel his angst at being an emotional crutch for his mother, then his pain at trying to find his biological mother. There are parts where you don't find him "irresistible" as in the title as he is a bit of a slapper when it coms to women; but overall it's a good listen.
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- sarahmoose2000

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-04-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios