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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (108 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Payne Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Back to Wando Passo is a passionate and elegantly written story of two related love triangles: one marriage unraveling in the present day, and another one shattered by the Civil War. The interweaving stories build to a simultaneous crescendo of betrayal, revenge, and redemption.

Grappling with the tangled subject of race in America, the plot lines are haunted by an occult twist. When Ransom Hill, the contemporary protagonist, discovers a Civil War–era “prenda,” an iron pot used by Cuban slaves for conjuring, he unearths something very strange indeed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “So bold in concept and audacious in scope that it seems like the summing up of a great writer’s career.”

    Pat Conroy, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A haunting portrait of the American South.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “A luscious, engaging, and heartfelt novel with plenty to say about individual responsibility and the legacy of slavery.”

    Library Journal

  • “Payne fashions elaborate prose and touching characterization into an absorbing tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Payne handles this novel of love, loss, and betrayal deftly.”


  • “A master fabulist, Payne hooks the reader like a wide-eyed catfish...a fine, twisty marvel.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review) )

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Geni | 3/8/2013

    " Gothic melodrama. Southern lit. Fairly overblown. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carol | 1/2/2013

    " This is a great read, especially so if you are familiar with Charleston. It switches between life during the Civil War and current times, following the lives of several families. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gwyneth | 11/4/2012

    " fairly fun but can be a bit trite. i like the double stories that interrelate (kind of like possession). the writing isn't the best though, and i'd have to say that possession is a much better read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Milosh | 8/25/2012

    " David Payne is a master of language and dialogue; i adore him. A novel about the connection between history and the present; deals with racism, sexism, infidelity, first loves, fame, mental illness, magic, death, rebirth. "

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About the Author

David Payne is the author of four previous novels: Confessions of a Taoist on Wall Street, which won the prestigious Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award, Early from the Dance, Ruin Creek, and Gravesend Light. He lives in North Carolina.