• Cyclorama

  • By: Adam Langer
  • Narrated by: B J Harrison
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents Cyclorama by Adam Langer, read by B J Harrison.

The deeply moving, propulsive story of ten teenagers brought together by a high school production of The Diary of Anne Frank that will shape and influence the rest of their lives.

Evanston, Illinois, 1982. A group of students at a magnet high school meet to audition for the spring play. They are eager for the chance to escape their difficult everyday lives. Declan, an experienced senior, is confident he’ll get his first-choice role, but when the capricious, charismatic drama director casts Franklin, an unknown underclassman—and the two are seen alone at the director’s house—a series of events that will haunt the cast for years begins to unfold.

2016. The actors have moved on with their lives. Some are wildly successful, some never left their hometown, and some just want to be left alone. Everything changes, however, when one former cast member comes forward with an allegation dating back to the time of the play. The consequences of this public revelation will be far-reaching and complex, reverberating through all of their lives in unexpected ways.

Cyclorama is a deeply compelling story of ordinary people that brilliantly cuts to the core of what makes us who we are and how our pasts reverberate into our present and future. With remarkable tenderness and humanity, Langer reveals how the traumas of our youth continue to echo throughout our lives, in our politics, in our careers, and in ourselves.

©2022 Adam Langer (P)2022 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"Langer has that rare combination of fierce intelligence, wicked wit and the ability to make you turn pages at wrist-splintering speed." (USA Today)

"Langer brilliantly braids 1980s America with the Trump era in his inventive latest.... Thrilling and unexpected.... Readers will applaud Langer’s outstanding performance." (Publishers Weekly)

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Meet high school freshman Melinda--sarcastic, unenthusiastic, depressed. A social outcast. Her ex-best friends no longer talk to her, and Melinda avoids speaking at all costs. Something horrible happened at a party before the start of school and Melinda is traumatized.
SPEAK is a wonderful book about date rape, bullying, friendship, trauma and healing. Melinda's witty, pain voice resonates with both adult and teen readers, thanks to Laurie Halse Anderson's near perfect prose. The plot, broken down into grading periods in Melinda's freshman year, follows her further descent into social isolation and depression, through finding her voice again.
SPEAK should be required reading for late middle school students.

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