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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (746 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kaye Gibbons Narrator: Kaye Gibbon Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Autumn, 1918. Rumors of peace are spreading across America, but spreading even faster are the first cases of Spanish influenza, whispering of the epidemic to come. Maureen Ross, well past a safe childbearing age, is experiencing a difficult pregnancy. Her husband, Troop—cold and careless of her condition—is an emotional cripple who has battered her spirit throughout their marriage. As Maureen’s time grows near, she becomes convinced she will die in childbirth. Into this loveless ménage comes Mary Oliver, Troop’s niece. The sheltered child of a well-to-do, freethinking Washington family, Mary arrives to help Maureen in the last weeks of her confinement. Horrified by Troop’s bullying, she soon discovers that her true duty is to protect her aunt.

As influenza spreads and the death toll grows, Troop’s spiteful behavior worsens. Tormenting his wife, taunting her for her “low birth,” Troop terrorizes the household. When Mary fights back, he goes over the edge. It’s up to Maureen to bring about the final confrontation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A compelling tale of female friendship and the confines of social expectation.” 

    Denver Rocky Mountain News

  • “Gibbons’s tale is atmospheric and unsettling, narrated in hushed Victorian tones and ornamented with period flourishes.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Gibbons reads her seventh novel with a graceful, hypnotic rhythm reminiscent of its North Carolina setting.”


  • “Gibbons…divines the true nature of feminine power and points the way toward justice in this gorgeously moody and piquant fairy tale.”  


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Darla Hiskett | 1/5/2014

    " Great story for showing both sides of the coin for women. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kristi Brendle | 11/2/2013

    " I actually listened to this book on my way down to Atlanta. The antagonist is such a manipulative narcassist; it's easy to hate him. It is difficult, however, to listen how his relationships go on ad nauseum. And the strange family relationship between him and the protagonist's mother is tedious & unncessary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ali | 10/22/2013

    " Pamela...you were right. I love you :-) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Angie | 10/14/2013

    " I didn't really care for this book. Everything was elaborately over-described. Far, far too many words to say so little. Way too much back story about characters who don't even really play a part in the story. On top of all of that, I listened to it on audio & the author/narrator has such a thick accent, it was really hard to listen to. "

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