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Author: Mary Miller Narrator: Mary Miller, various narrators, Andi Arndt, Janis Ian, Mary Gauthier, Telisha Williams, Amy Speace, Louise Mosrie Publisher: Lyric Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2014 ISBN: 9781481522021
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A short story collection full of powerful prose and remarkably genuine characters from the author of The Last Days of California

The collection of stories, produced by Andi Arndt, is performed by the author along with a stunning cast of Nashville stars, including Janis Ian, Mary Gauthier, Telisha Williams, Amy Speace, and Louise Mosrie.

The characters in Mary Miller’s debut short story collection, Big World, are at once autonomous and lonesome, possessing both a longing to connect with those around them and a cynicism regarding their ability to do so, whether they’re holed up in a motel room in Pigeon Forge with an air-gun-shooting boyfriend, as in “Fast Trains,” or navigating the rooms of their house with their dad after their mother’s death as in “Leak.” Mary Miller’s writing is unapologetically honest and efficient, and the gut-wrenching directness of her prose is reminiscent of Mary Gaitskill and Courtney Eldridge, if Gaitskill’s and Eldridge’s stories were set in the South and reeked of spilled beer and cigarette smoke.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Miller’s great at turning the mundane inside out and letting the world see its guts.”

    Metro Times (Detroit)

  • “Poorly concealed traps lie all over for the women in Big World in the form of married men, exes, a damaged sense of relating to the world. In other words, the traps are so big, they hardly see them before walking straight in.”

    TimeOut Chicago

  • "Big World gives a full anatomy lesson of the kind of heart that’s kick-started by booze, cigarettes, and jukebox songs of regret. Miller writes with savage charm.”

    Believer

  • “Mary Miller is a master of tone. Big World triumphs by inhabiting a persistent tonal landscape, a recurring state of mind.”

    Rumpus

  • "Big World reveals Mary Miller as a master of the slow-motion hysteria we as contemporary Americans know so well.”

    Portland Review

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About the Author

Mary Miller grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. She is the author of the chapbooks Less Shiny and They Could No Longer Contain Themselves, as well as the novel The Last Days of California. Her fiction has been published in dozens of journals and anthologies, including McSweeney’s Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Mississippi Review, American Short Fiction, Oxford American, and New Stories from the South 2008. She received a master’s degree in English and creative writing from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. A graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, she returned to Mississippi in the fall of 2014 to serve as the John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at Ole Miss.

About the Narrators

J. D. Jackson is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He is a classically trained actor, and his television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. He is the recipient of more than a dozen Earphones Awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri’s Ghetto Cowboy, and he was also named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013. An adjunct professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, he has an MFA in theater from Temple University.

Andi Arndt is a professional voice actor, the winner of a 2017 Audie Award for Best Romance, and winner of two Earphones Awards.

Janis Ian is a singer, songwriter, and author. She is best known for her 1975 hit single, “At Seventeen,” which won a Grammy Award. She won a second Grammy in 2013 for the narration of her autobiography, Society’s Child.