1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $28.00

Buy for $28.00

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

An Instant New York Times Bestseller!

Lapvona flips all the conventions of familial and parental relations, putting hatred where love should be or a negotiation where grief should be . . . Through a mix of witchery, deception, murder, abuse, grand delusion, ludicrous conversations, and cringeworthy moments of bodily disgust, Moshfegh creates a world that you definitely don’t want to live in, but from which you can’t look away.”—The Atlantic

In a village in a medieval fiefdom buffeted by natural disasters, a motherless shepherd boy finds himself the unlikely pivot of a power struggle that puts all manner of faith to a savage test, in a spellbinding novel that represents Ottessa Moshfegh’s most exciting leap yet

Little Marek, the abused and delusional son of the village shepherd, never knew his mother; his father told him she died in childbirth. One of life’s few consolations for Marek is his enduring bond with the blind village midwife, Ina, who suckled him when he was a baby, as she did so many of the village’s children. Ina’s gifts extend beyond childcare: she possesses a unique ability to communicate with the natural world. Her gift often brings her the transmission of sacred knowledge on levels far beyond those available to other villagers, however religious they might be. For some people, Ina’s home in the woods outside of the village is a place to fear and to avoid, a godless place.

Among their number is Father Barnabas, the town priest and lackey for the depraved lord and governor, Villiam, whose hilltop manor contains a secret embarrassment of riches. The people’s desperate need to believe that there are powers that be who have their best interests at heart is put to a cruel test by Villiam and the priest, especially in this year of record drought and famine. But when fate brings Marek into violent proximity to the lord’s family, new and occult forces upset the old order. By year’s end, the veil between blindness and sight, life and death, the natural world and the spirit world, will prove to be very thin indeed.

©2022 Ottessa Moshfegh (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Moshfegh expertly creates a world with its own superstitions and laws, both timeless and topical.” —Oprah Daily

“The author of My Year of Rest and Relaxation, EW's pick for the best book of 2018, turns her inimitable lens to a medieval fiefdom ruled by deeply tribal ideas of class, family, and faith. The result reads like a cracked fairy tale, both familiar and fantastically strange (June 21).” Entertainment Weekly, 16 novels we're excited for this summer 

“No one is quite who he first seems in the latest wicked tale from macabre master Moshfegh . . . Sculpting an eerily canny fabular world of contrasts and evil, cartoonish cruelty, in her signature way, Moshfegh conjures a grotesque, disturbing story of gross inequality and senseless strife.” Booklist  

What listeners say about Lapvona

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    135
  • 4 Stars
    76
  • 3 Stars
    51
  • 2 Stars
    17
  • 1 Stars
    12
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    178
  • 4 Stars
    49
  • 3 Stars
    23
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    2
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    125
  • 4 Stars
    52
  • 3 Stars
    41
  • 2 Stars
    20
  • 1 Stars
    15

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

uncomfortable

I was tricked by Anthony Jeselnik, this book is not funny. it's sad and uncomfortable.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Nasty (Good)

This one is a wild, nasty, disorienting, and emotional ride- another straight up BANGER from Ottessa. It was also great to hear her read it- I love her voice and she's kinda my favorite person.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Deep twisted tale

Few can tell tales like this. And turns out she is an excellent reader (always makes a big difference). So many pearls of dark wisdom - mark of a timeless writer, like Celine, Twain, Steinbeck, can pack a world of emotion in a single sentence: “When she asked the birds which herbs to eat to heal her loneliness they answered that they knew nothing of love. That love was a distinctly human defect which god had created to counterbalance the power of human greed”. Do. Not. Miss.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Hideous violence

A cruel story with awful people all victims of superstition and poverty. The plot was interesting enough to keep me listening until the end, which was a far cry from satisfying.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

disturbing but well rounded

I've read most of the books by this author and they are all disturbing but I just can't stop reading/listening to them. The time period of this book makes it seem as though it is completely different than the rest but I think the author made the same connections with hu.an behavior as she did in Eileen and Year of Rest and Relaxation. The ending left me haunted. Usually I can never listen to a book read by it's own author but Ottessa Meshfegh performed the story well. Not my favorite book by this author but still worth the listen.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

How from r&r to this?

Okay I really like when an author tries something new and goes all out, with everything they have, and just misses. My suggestion is read the other books

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Depravity

The story was interesting, but this was a journey of wanton depravity and taboo breaking. Yeah I stuck with it until the end. It'll push your comfort level in a big way.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Deliciously Grotesque

This book made me uncomfortable from beginning to end. All the characters are terrible people doing terrible things. It’s a true horror story and I absolutely loved it. I was creeped out from the beginning to the end. The writing is excellent. The author is also the narrator and did an excellent job conveying her story. If you’re easily offended and a bit of a snowflake you will not like this book. This is a timeless story of how monstrous human beings can be. Not for the faint of heart.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Dark, uncomfortable and depressing

I hung in there hoping the story would take a turn, but it remained from beginning to end, dark, uncomfortable and depressing.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Incredible, unsettling perfection

This was my first book from Ottessa and I couldn’t stop listening. What a writer; not one wasted word! I don’t want to give anything away, but this story was dark, unsettling, sometimes cringe, but told in the most compelling and perfect way.

.