Cutting Teeth, Chandler Baker
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Cutting Teeth
A Novel

Unabridged: 11 hr 15 min

Format: Digital Audiobook Download

Published: 07/18/2023


This program includes a bonus conversation between the author and Emma Rosenblum, author of Bad Summer People.

"LaVoy is a well-accomplished audio narrator across multiple genres, and most audiobook lovers will immediately recognize her virtuosic voice with its incisive tones. Here, for the large cast, she gives exceptional and distinct narration to each of the parents, teachers, cops, and children (even creating youthful and fang-induced lisps for some of the children). This narration is an immersive experience and the audio version is highly recommended."- Booklist (Starred Review)

“January LaVoy narrates, bringing the personalities of each mother alive for listeners. LaVoy also provides a variety of startlingly realistic children’s voices, which range from sweet and innocent to whining and ill-tempered.”- Library Journal

This audiobook is read by January LaVoy, Publishers Weekly Audiobook Narrator of the Year in 2013. She has also been nominated for 18 Audie Awards, receiving seven, and has garnered over three dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.

At the Little Academy, mothers fret over their preschoolers, who have developed an unsettling medical syndrome. The children’s odd craving for blood is considered relatively benign (to everyone except their beleaguered moms) until a young teacher is found dead and the only potential witnesses are ten adorable 4-year-olds. Then it becomes clear that the police are looking at the children as not just witnesses, but also suspects…and they’re watching their mothers as well.

Darby, Mary Beth, and Freddie have very different parenting styles, though they’re united in their love for their children. They’re not thrilled about the biting episodes sweeping through the class, of course, and they’re coping to various degrees with the pressures of being a good mom, which suddenly seems to include, in addition to everything else, offering themselves up as sustenance.

Each of them was there at Little Academy the day of the murder, and as the police begin to look at them more closely, their children’s ability to bleed them dry is becoming not merely metaphorical. Exploring the standards society holds mothers to—along with the ones to which we hold ourselves—and the things no one ever tells you about becoming a parent, Cutting Teeth is a witty, original story of parental love that asks if there is anything a mother is not asked to sacrifice for their children.

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books.