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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (21 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: July 2012 ISBN: 9781464048326
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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.”

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  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nanette | 1/23/2014

    " I enjoyed the interaction between the main character and his senile father, but the downer plot smothered the humor. Not recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/20/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Heartbreaking, funny, odd, unexpected, all those things and more. I LOVED the character development, the story was so original and very hard to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rieta | 1/20/2014

    " Unique book. Fun look at the disenfrancised. Quirky characters and story line. My husband loved the ending and I was a little disappointed. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas S | 1/20/2014

    " Hemingway for slackers ... with a dark, dark sense of humor. Read this book when you're happy, and you'll end up a little sad. Read it when you're sad ... and make sure there are no sharp objects around. Very funny and an excellent style of prose--simple, sparse, yet powerful (thus the reference to Hemingway but without the big fish or battle scenes) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M.J. Groves | 1/15/2014

    " This is the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Winner and I read it to see the caliber of the material the editors picked to win. I was not disappointed. This guy can write. Terse style, unlike anything I've seen before, but I liked it. Wastes no words. Engaging story. Wacky. Poignant. Fun. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/8/2014

    " I read this book in less than 24 hours. That's how good it was. The characters reeled you in and each chapter left you wanting to read just one more. It is a sad story, but it is very realistic (until the end). The end throws you for a loop, no pun intended. But I enjoyed the book very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marjorie Meyerle | 12/8/2013

    " I wrote a review of this but it must not have taken. I'll wait and see if it comes up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mhong15053 | 12/8/2013

    " Poignant and humorous - with a little knowledge of the Eastern Plains, some of these events don't seem that unrealistic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jillian | 10/25/2013

    " One of the worst books that I have ever read. And I have read a lot of books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 7/24/2013

    " Often hilarious and often heartbreaking, Gregory Hill's debut novel, East of Denver, deserves to be read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 6/4/2013

    " Interesting book. I really liked parts of it, but grew tired of the main character's attitude of helplessness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 12/31/2012

    " A very quirky, funny tale of a wayward son dealing with his father's onset of senility in rural eastern Colorado. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy Smith | 11/13/2012

    " I loved this book. Extremely biased by location, but it made the characters that much more endearing. Made me laugh out loud many times and that is a feat in itself. Clever to write such a sad story in that way. Would be happy to check out other publications by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy Briggs | 11/4/2012

    " A lovely little book about a group of small-town misfits who hatch a half-assed plan to rob a bank. Smart, quirky and heartbreaking. I read it in one sitting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheryl | 9/21/2012

    " If I was smart enough to write a novel, this is how I would write. Short sentences and lots of humor. The story is heartbreaking and endearing at the same time. There were characters I loved (Emmett, of course. And Shakes, for the first 80% of the story, until I wanted to smack him into action) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 7/28/2012

    " Great sense of place and excellent characters. Should be a film in the near future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shauna | 6/29/2012

    " Loved the writing, and ultimately liked the ending, but about 3/4 through it just seemed so hopeless and depressing with no hope in sight....i almost quit but felt the book and its characters deserved better than me quitting on them. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Joey Collins is a film and television actor who is known for his roles in All My Children, Kidnapped, and Law & Order. He is an accomplished audiobook narrator who has lent his voice to numerous titles, including Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales, East of Denver, and A Thousand Tomorrows.