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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (160 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gregory Hill Narrator: Joey Collins Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Shakespeare Williams returns to his family’s farm in eastern Colorado to bury his dead cat, he finds his widowed and senile father Emmett living in squalor. He has no money, the land is fallow, and a local banker has cheated his father out of the majority of the farm equipment and his beloved Cessna. With no job and no prospects, Shakespeare suddenly finds himself caretaker to both his dad and the farm, and he is drawn into an unlikely clique of old high school classmates: Vaughn Atkins, a paraplegic confined to his mother’s basement; Carissa McPhail, an overweight bank teller who pitches for the local softball team; and longtime bully D.J. Beckman, who now deals drugs throughout small-town Dorsey. Facing the loss of the farm, Shakespeare hatches a half-serious plot with his father and his fellow gang of misfits to rob the very bank that has stolen their future.

Mixing pathos and humor in equal measure, Gregory Hill’s East of Denver is an unflinching novel of rural America, a poignant, darkly funny tale about a father and son finding their way together as their home and livelihood inexorably disappears.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is writing on a par with that of top-flight black-comic novelists like Sam Lipsyte and Jess Walter, and it deserves to be read.”

    Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians

  • “A fine first novel from a writer with a great sense of character.”


  • Winner of the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda | 2/11/2014

    " What a tragic and funny story. I just fell in love with Emmett, the senile and gifted father that so many of us have in our lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allison | 1/30/2014

    " This is the debut novel by Gregory Hill, a librarian and guitar player in a band, who grew up on the plains of eastern Colorado where he sets his story. It is quirky and off-beat, funny and heartbreaking and much of it will ring true with anyone who has an adult parent suffering from dementia. Most people just don't deal with the situation the way "Shakespeare" Williams does. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Terri | 1/30/2014

    " I kept waiting for something great to happen in this book and it didn't. I am totally disappointed in the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cassie | 1/28/2014

    " My husband suggested several times that I should read this book. I wasn't sure about it at first. The style of writing is very simplistic, but brings strong visuals to mind. I wasn't sure about the topic for the first few chapters, but I just couldn't put the book down by half way through and was dying to see how it ended. Nicely done. "

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About the Author

Gregory Hill lives in Denver, where he works at the University of Denver library and plays in the Babysitters, a rock-and-roll power trio that includes his wife, the band’s drummer.