Thank You for Listening: A Novel (Paperback)

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From the author of My Oxford Year, Julia Whelan’s uplifting novel tells the story of a former actress turned successful audiobook narrator—who has lost sight of her dreams after a tragic accident—and her journey of self-discovery, love, and acceptance when she agrees to narrate one last romance novel.

For Sewanee Chester, being an audiobook narrator is a long way from her old dreams, but the days of being a star on film sets are long behind her. She’s found success and satisfaction from the inside of a sound booth and it allows her to care for her beloved, ailing grandmother. When she arrives in Las Vegas last-minute for a book convention, Sewanee unexpectedly spends a whirlwind night with a charming stranger. 

On her return home, Sewanee discovers one of the world’s most beloved romance novelists wanted her to perform her last book—with Brock McNight, the industry’s hottest, most secretive voice. Sewanee doesn’t buy what romance novels are selling—not after her own dreams were tragically cut short—and she stopped narrating them years ago. But her admiration of the late author, and the opportunity to get her grandmother more help, makes her decision for her. 

As Sewanee begins work on the book, resurrecting her old romance pseudonym, she and Brock forge a real connection, hidden behind the comfort of anonymity. Soon, she is dreaming again, but secrets are revealed, and the realities of life come crashing down around her once more.

If she can learn to risk everything for desires she has long buried, she will discover a world of intimacy and acceptance she never believed would be hers.

About the Author

Julia Whelan is a screenwriter, lifelong actor, and award-winning audiobook narrator. She graduated with a degree in English and creative writing from Middlebury College and Oxford University. While she was in England, her flirtation with tea blossomed into a full-blown love affair, culminating in her eventual certification as a tea master. 

Praise For…

My Oxford Year is a pure delight with unpredictable depths. Julia Whelan has crafted a story that is as fun and charming as it is powerful and wise. Ella Durran is a breath of fresh air and her story will stay with you long after you’re done.”
— Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

“I laughed, I definitely cried, and I learned about literature and poetry in a way that made me feel a bit smarter today.”
— Heather Cocks, author of The Royal We

“Full of humor and romance, My Oxford Year has it all—I loved it!”
— Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author

“With My Oxford Year, Julia Whelan has crafted a breathtakingly perfect picture of Oxford…a read bursting with warmth, mirth, and heart. A powerfully heartbreaking and life-affirming tribute to love and to choice—to choosing love and an open-hearted approach to the world.”
Entertainment Weekly, “A” review

“...Julia Whelan’s My Oxford Year, which unfolds in charming Oxfordshire and reads even better when read through a pair of thick-rimmed glasses.”

My Oxford Year is a funny, tender, heart-breaking coming-of-age adventure.”

— Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author

My Oxford Year is an achingly beautiful debut.”
— Robinne Lee, author of The Idea of You

“Vivid, smart, and utterly charming, My Oxford Year is a heartfelt journey.”
— Allie Larkin, author of Why Can’t I Be You

“Whelan has created a beautiful, romantic story that focuses on big ideas—love, death, poetry, and what really matters in the end.”
Kirkus Reviews on My Oxford Year

“[An] enjoyable debut…fans of One Day and Me Before You will be charmed by this warm story and Ella and Jamie’s romance.”
Publishers Weekly

“This pull-at-the-heartstrings yet sexy debut novel by Whelan, an award-winning audiobook narrator, is all about the choices we make for ourselves and others. It will delight Anglophiles as well as Jojo Moyes fans.”
Library Journal

“This debut novel has a preponderance of heart while offering respite from heady emotions with light wit. Whelan draws from her own Oxford experience, creating a richly rendered setting of not just the university’s spires but of the surrounding chip shops and grubby pubs that are just as vital.”
Booklist on My Oxford Year

“Whelan combined the most heart-wrenching and romantic moments of every Jojo Moyes and Nicholas Sparks novel and added in her own touches of humanity and lovableness...Bring your tissues.”
— Travel + Leisure

“The premise and setting lends itself to rich descriptions and plenty of fun literature references for us book nerds, showcasing Whelan’s deep knowledge of both the subject and the area.”
— Audible

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063095564
ISBN-10: 0063095564
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2022
Pages: 432
Language: English