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Author: Robin MacArthur Narrator: Suzanne Elise Freeman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2018 ISBN: 9780062797889
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In this evocative first novel, a young woman returns to her rural Vermont hometown in the wake of a devastating storm to search for her missing mother and unravel a powerful family secret.

It’s August 2011, and Tropical Storm Irene has just wreaked havoc on Vermont, flooding rivers and destroying homes. One thousand miles away—while tending bar in New Orleans—Vale receives a call and is told that her mother, Bonnie, has disappeared. Despite a years-long estrangement from Bonnie, Vale drops everything and returns home to look for her.

Though the hometown Vale comes back to is not the one she left eight years earlier, she finds herself falling back into the lives of the family she thought she’d long since left behind. As Vale begins her search, the narrative opens up and pitches back and forth in time to follow three generations of women—a farming widow, a back-to-the-land dreamer, and an owl-loving hermit—as they seek love, bear children, and absorb losses. All the while, Vale’s search has her unwittingly careening toward a family origin secret more stunning than she ever imagined.

Written with a striking sense of place, Heart Spring Mountain is an arresting novel about returning home, finding hope in the dark, and of the power of the land—and the stories it harbors—to connect and to heal. It’s also an absorbing exploration of the small fractures that can make families break-and the lasting ties that bind them together.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nuanced, poetic, and evocative; MacArthur empathetically depicts each of her characters in their wounded but hopeful glory.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A fecund and contemplative feminist family saga.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “MacArthur demonstrates a commanding ability to weave meaning from separate narrative threads, exploring how the impact of a person’s choices can echo through generations.”

    Booklist

  • “MacArthur renders both the Vermont landscape and Vale’s family tree with poetic precision and gutting realism. I fell in love with these women and their mountain.”

    Alexis M. Smith, author of Marrow Island

  • “A novel as rich as the fertile earth and as powerful as a surging storm. Every page is filled with wonder and beauty, compassion and longing.”

    Ivy Pochoda, author of Wonder Valley

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About the Author

Robin MacArthur , author of Heart Spring Mountain, earned her BA degree from Brown University and an MFA in fiction writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has appeared in Hunger Mountain, Orion, Shenandoah, and Alaska Quarterly Review, as well as on NPR. She is the editor of Contemporary Vermont Fiction: An Anthology and is one-half of the indie folk duo Red Heart the Ticker, which has been featured on A Prairie Home Companion and NPR’s Morning Edition.

About the Narrator

Suzanne Elise Freeman is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator.