Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: George Hodgman

Narrated By: Jeff Woodman

Publisher: Recorded Books

Date: March 2015

Duration: 10 hours 59 minutes


A witty, tender memoir of a son’s journey home to care for his irascible mother—a tale of secrets, silences, and enduring love.

When George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself—an unlikely caretaker and near-lethal cook—in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty, a woman of wit and will. Will George lure her into assisted living? When hell freezes over. He can’t bring himself to force her from the home both treasure—the place where his father’s voice lingers, the scene of shared jokes, skirmishes, and, behind the dusty antiques, a rarely acknowledged conflict: Betty, who speaks her mind but cannot quite reveal her heart, has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay.

As these two unforgettable characters try to bring their different worlds together, Hodgman reveals the challenges of Betty’s life and his own struggle for self-respect, moving readers from their small town—crumbling but still colorful—to the star-studded corridors of Vanity Fair. Evocative of The End of Your Life Book Club and The Tender Bar, Hodgman’s debut is both an indelible portrait of a family and an exquisitely told tale of a prodigal son’s return.


  • Virginia M

    Hilarious, entertaining & belly laugh-worthy. Super light, excellent road trip 'read'!

  • Marcia Savage

    Bettyville is a wonderful book. It touched my heart, because I grew up in Missouri like the author. George Hodgman is an excellent author and the the narrator did a good job telling George's story. I helped my 82-year-old mother clean out her house last year and helped her move into assisted living. George sharing his journey with his mother resonated with my own journey with my mother. It is a beautiful story. I hope George Hodgman writes many more books in the coming years.


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