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Chalktown Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Chalktown, by Melinda Haynes
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (332 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Melinda Haynes Narrator: Leo Burmester Publisher: Simon & Schuster Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In sparsely populated George County, Mississippi, lies Chalktown - a small village of folks who only communicate through the chalkboards hanging from their front porches. Down the road from this bizarre place lives the Sheehand family: sixteen-year-old Hezekiah, his reckless sister Arena, his mentally disabled brother Yellababy, and their disaffected and often cruel mother Susan Blair, whose husband has abandoned the family. One day Hez sets out for Chalktown with Yellababy strapped to his back. Hez is determined to plumb Chalktown's mysteries while his family confronts a tragedy that will pave the way for a hopeful future.

Armed with a gothic and spiritual sensibility reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor, Melinda Haynes weaves her characters' lives and stories into an unforgettable tapestry of sorrow and salvation.

Melinda Haynes' Mother of Pearl was an unexpected sensation, chosen for Oprah's book club and selling more than half a million copies in hardcover. Now with the same stunning language, Haynes returns to the country she knows so well - the backwoods South of the 1960's - to tell the story of a mysterious town and its inhabitants, each with their own affections and joys, each with their own secrets. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Amy | 2/20/2014

    " This is a strange southern tale. The imagery is amazing and the characters were incredibly interesting--albeit hard to keep track of at first. There is also a bit of a mystery that you have to stick with to figure out, but for the most part it is about an ecclectic group of people that deal with things the only way they know how...and there are some weird and wonderful ways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Terry | 2/18/2014

    " Hezekiah takes his severely retarded, disabled brother, Yellababy, to Chalktown, a small community of misfits when their home situation seems intolerable. Yellababy's presence seems to initiate a healing process for these people in the aftermath of the unexplained killing of one of their number. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Tricia | 1/23/2014

    " The premise was interesting - a town where people communicate only by writing on the chalkboards outside their houses. I've finished the book but I feel like I might've skipped some pages because it's taken me quite long to get through it. I don't know, maybe this is because I'm a weak reader. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Cassiel | 1/11/2014

    " Oh those kooky, quirky southerners. Enough already; one Faulkner in the world will do. "

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