Novel Conversations

Rediscover the World's Greatest Stories

Frank Lavallo hosts two readers and the three of them summarize the world’s greatest works of classic literature, giving their reactions along the way. If SparkNotes had an audio best friend, it would be us!

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Another epic outtake reel featuring Host, Frank Lavallo, and Readers, Elizabeth Flood, Phil Setnik, Peter Toomey & Katie Smith as they blunder and fumble during the making of Novel Conversations Season 6. Enjoy!

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“Till We Have Faces” by C. S. Lewis

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S6 Ep 8: C.S. Lewis’s final novel, Till We Have Faces, is a retelling of the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche.
Listen to “Till We Have Faces” by C. S. Lewis

“Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf

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S6 Ep 7: The 1925 classic novel details a day in the life of a fictional high-society woman in post–First World War England.
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“The Red Pony” by John Steinbeck

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S6 Ep 6: The episodic 1933 novella follows Jody Tiflin and his life on his father's California ranch.
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“Jude the Obscure” by Thomas Hardy

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S6 Ep 5: A summary of the Victorian era novel exploring the doomed relationships of an aspiring scholar.
Listen to “Jude the Obscure” by Thomas Hardy

The Team

Frank Lavallo

The Host
A former private attorney, a current High School Honors History & Literature Teacher, and a classic novel aficionado.

Julie Fink

Producer
Julie (a.k.a. Big Julz) brings a unique blend of radio, broadcasting and creativity to her producer role.

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