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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (708 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. E. Morgan Narrator: Julia Gibson Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Aloma is an orphan, raised by her aunt and uncle, educated at a mission school in the Kentucky mountains. At the start of the novel, she moves to an isolated tobacco farm to be with her lover, a young man named Orren, whose family has died in a car accident, leaving him in charge. The place is rough and quiet; Orren is overworked and withdrawn. Left mostly to her own, Aloma struggles to settle herself in this lonely setting and to find beauty and stimulation where she can. As she decides whether to stay with Orren, she will choose either to fight her way to independence or accept the rigors of commitment.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Simply astonishing…A book about life force, the precious will to live, and all the things that can suck it right out of a person,”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Astonishing.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Rarely in this reviewer’s memory has a debut novel emerged with such a profound sense of place…Descriptions are so vivid, yet so integrated and organic, that the reader can almost feel the lassitude of stifling humid air; smell the rich, warm earth; and see the furrowed fields, the dark mountains in the distance…A slow, seductive dive into another time and place, a deep, quiet place.”

    Boston Globe

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • Finalist for a PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sandra | 2/16/2014

    " Written in a different form from most books with vivid descriptions of time and place, dialogue, and the voice of a true Kentucky mountain individual. The story of an orphan girl who meets a young man and later moves in with him at the family homestead after his parents are killed in a car accident. Her one love in life is playing the piano and she volunteers at the local church so this fills her empty days while the young man farms the land from sunup to sundown. An interesting book, a good book, and a fast read that is well worth your time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Anna | 2/11/2014

    " The literary equivalent of a Grant Wood portrait with its haunting realism. I agree with many book reviewers that this novel is destined to become a classic. It was an honestly plotted story centering on a young woman who years to follow her dream of studying the piano at a college, but is instead lured by an attractive young farmer. She follows him to his farm where he battles drought. She is not a farm girl, but was raised in a charity school and has no skills. She finds a dusty old cookbook and learns how to prepare meals. She becomes drawn to a preacher who allows her the use of a piano in his church. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Noreen | 2/8/2014

    " The writing is quiet and beautiful. The characters are terminally damaged and they don't so much grow and change as stay in place and suffer. This sounds awful, but it is actually really engrossing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Barbara Pascal | 2/2/2014

    " a small masterpiece. she makes you feel the strain in your arms and legs when she talks about bringing in the tobacco. the frustration these 2 feel about not being able to talk to each other, desolate lives and grief at loss. i was surprised when she left the farm to play the piano secretly. where did she get the strength to leave every day to pursue a passion. she uses what is available to her in a way the is surprising and understandable. the relationship with the preacher is a gem of storytelling , sad and sweet. both the young people are strong and fascinating in their difficult every day lives. im a lousy reviewr but a good reader, so read it, youll be glad. "

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