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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (283 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary McGarry Morris Narrator: Jason Culp Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2004 ISBN: 9781598871661
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At the age of eighteen, a young man is convicted for the murder of a woman during a robbery and sent to a high security prison. Twenty-five years later, he is finally set free, a changed man painfully entering a changed world. He emerges into a society that has grown unfamiliar and corrupt, his many years inside prison leaving him unprepared for the world beyond the gates.

Unsure of the new rules of society, he is subject to the hidden motivations of those around him, the plans that his friends and family may or may not have for him. This is a darkly compelling story of how one man struggles to mend the gap that his crime and incarceration have torn in his life, coming to grips with the hole gouged in his personal universe.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby Jean | 2/11/2014

    " warning: this book is pretty sad. nobody gets redeemed or turns things around and although there's some "finding beauty and comfort in what you have" ness, there's not a lot of hope in it. also beware themes/depictions of animal cruelty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy Bryant | 1/29/2014

    " One of my top ten favs! Along with her "A Dangerous Woman." A story of redemption of sorts, it's a great character sketch of an ex-convict who comes to matter to some. And that's enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 1/17/2014

    " The characters in this book (accomplice to murder released from prison after 25 years, his awful brother, a woman who loves him for no apparent reason, the daughter of a drug addict who lives next door) were a little bit too pathetically real...it made me feel bad to read about them. I skimmed through part of the middle, the story moved verrrrry slowly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy B | 1/12/2014

    " read it at the beach and found it to be interesting although is a little slow in some parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 12/20/2013

    " Morris' character delineations are superb! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 12/1/2013

    " I wish I could give this 3.5 stars. Hard to get into but worth it in the end. A fellon just getting out, his "girlfriend" and the lost kid down the street all struggle to find their place in modern life. Heartbreaking. I need a light read after this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Lucas | 11/12/2013

    " This novel provides a very realistic view of the challenges faced by folks coming home from prison. I was moved by Gordon's struggles not just to stay out of trouble but to never appear guilty of things he did not do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Di | 11/5/2013

    " This was a really good book. An eye opening look into why people act the way they do. It makes you look at someone's life differently than you might if you weren't able to look at it through the eyes of that person. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy Young | 10/19/2013

    " I stopped caring in the middle. Not a sign of a compelling story .... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 7/5/2013

    " A man, Gordon Loomis, is released from prison and tries to live a normal life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Ackerson | 10/14/2012

    " I think I read too many of these types of books; they're all starting to roll together in my mind. I remember that this one had excellent characterization, but not much else about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 10/10/2012

    " I did enjoy this book, I like the concept of reconnecting to society after 30 years in prison. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyson | 5/25/2012

    " This is a good book about a man who has just been released from prison after serving time for murder. I didn't like this book as much as the other Morris novels, but it's still worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Staci | 1/23/2012

    " Loved this book! So sad but uplifting at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 9/22/2011

    " Another great book by Mary McGarry Morris. Her character development makes you feel like you know the players intimately. And the plot unfolds inexorably, but not in a predictable way. I'm a big fan! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cdoming3 | 7/14/2011

    " This author has a gift. She gently draws you in, gets in your blood, and touches in tender places. The characters are outcasts caught in the futility of life, yet they touch your heart. It's a tough read but so worth it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 4/13/2011

    " Bored to death with this book after 125 pages. Can't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayle | 4/5/2011

    " This was not a typical storyline which was refreshing. Complicated relationships and not so complicated ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bianca | 11/23/2010

    " This book was a serious downer...very sad and depressing but very true to life unfortunately "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 10/6/2010

    " I picked this book up because it was by McGarry Morris and she didn't fail to draw me in from the first chapter. Very moving and thought provoking. Each character clearly defined. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felicia | 9/28/2010

    " This book had a really good plot, I just couldn't connect with the main character. His character seemed really flat, and I kept getting thrown off by that. But it is a good book overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cdoming3 | 8/26/2010

    " This author has a gift. She gently draws you in, gets in your blood, and touches in tender places. The characters are outcasts caught in the futility of life, yet they touch your heart. It's a tough read but so worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 6/24/2010

    " I did enjoy this book, I like the concept of reconnecting to society after 30 years in prison. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 1/19/2010

    " I wish I could give this 3.5 stars. Hard to get into but worth it in the end. A fellon just getting out, his "girlfriend" and the lost kid down the street all struggle to find their place in modern life. Heartbreaking. I need a light read after this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 8/3/2009

    " This novel provides a very realistic view of the challenges faced by folks coming home from prison. I was moved by Gordon's struggles not just to stay out of trouble but to never appear guilty of things he did not do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 8/2/2009

    " A man, Gordon Loomis, is released from prison and tries to live a normal life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 6/19/2009

    " Morris' character delineations are superb! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayle | 10/15/2008

    " This was not a typical storyline which was refreshing. Complicated relationships and not so complicated ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Di | 7/27/2008

    " This was a really good book. An eye opening look into why people act the way they do. It makes you look at someone's life differently than you might if you weren't able to look at it through the eyes of that person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 4/1/2008

    " I think I read too many of these types of books; they're all starting to roll together in my mind. I remember that this one had excellent characterization, but not much else about it. "

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About the Author

Mary McGarry Morris is the author of several highly acclaimed novels. Entertainment Weekly included Fiona Range on its list of the best books of 2000, Vanished was nominated for both the National Book Award and the Pen/Faulkner Award, A Dangerous Woman was made into a feature film starring Debra Winger in 1993, and Songs in Ordinary Time was a 1997 Oprah’s Book Club Selection.

About the Narrator

Jason Culp has been an actor since he was ten years old. He was featured on television in Days of Our Lives and General Hospital, and in the cult film Skinheads. He has narrated a number of audiobooks and has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards.