Novel Conversations is a podcast summarizing the world’s greatest works of classic literature: in 35 minutes you get the whole story from cover to cover. (If SparkNotes had an audio best friend, it would be us!) In each episode, Frank Lavallo hosts two readers, and the three of them give their reactions to the story and read their favorite passages along the way. Each episode features Endnotes by Ted Schwartz, a segment with interesting facts about the author.

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“Arrowsmith” by Sinclair Lewis

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S4 Ep 2

Host: Frank Lavallo

Readers: Patrick and Joan Andrews

Endnotes: Ted Schwartz

Author: Sinclair Lewis

Year of Publication: 1925

Plot: Arrowsmith tells the story of a bright and scientifically minded, Martin Arrowsmith, as he makes his way from a small town in the Midwest to the upper echelons of the scientific community. While detailing Arrowsmith's pursuit of medical research for the benefit of mankind and of selfless devotion to the care of patients, Lewis throws many less noble temptations and self-deceptions in Arrowsmith's path.

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