Do Not Become Alarmed

Version: Unabridged
Author: Maile Meloy
Narrator: Maile Meloy
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature, Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Published In: June 2017
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 12 hours
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Overview

The moving and suspenseful new novel that Ann Patchett calls 'smart and thrilling and impossible to put down... the book that every reader longs for.'

“This summer’s undoubtable smash hit… an addictive, heart-palpitating story.” —Marie Claire

The sun is shining, the sea is blue, the children have disappeared.

When Liv and Nora decide to take their husbands and children on a holiday cruise, everyone is thrilled. The adults are lulled by the ship’s comfort and ease. The four children—ages six to eleven—love the nonstop buffet and their newfound independence. But when they all go ashore for an adventure in Central America, a series of minor misfortunes and miscalculations leads the families farther from the safety of the ship. One minute the children are there, and the next they’re gone.
 
The disintegration of the world the families knew—told from the perspectives of both the adults and the children—is both riveting and revealing. The parents, accustomed to security and control, turn on each other and blame themselves, while the seemingly helpless children discover resources they never knew they possessed.
 
Do Not Become Alarmed is a story about the protective force of innocence and the limits of parental power, and an insightful look at privileged illusions of safety. Celebrated for her spare and moving fiction, Maile Meloy has written a gripping novel about how quickly what we count on can fall away, and the way a crisis shifts our perceptions of what matters most.

Author Details

Author Details

Meloy, Maile

Maile Meloy is the author of the story collection "Half in Love" and the novel "Liars and Saints, " which was shortlisted for the 2005 Orange Prize. Meloy's stories have been published in "The New Yorker, " and she has received "The Paris Review's" Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in California.