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Download If You Want Me to Stay Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample If You Want Me to Stay (Unabridged), by Michael Parker
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (105 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Parker Narrator: T. Ryder Smith Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Joel Dunn Jr. tells the story of how he did everything he could to save his family after his mother left and his father's tenuous hold on sanity unraveled. On a journey from the town of Trent, North Carolina, to the coast, Joel and his little brother Tank thread their way back to their mother, fueled by potato chips, Coke, and the soundtrack of the powerful soul music that their daddy taught them to love. Always keeping the faith that their mother is waiting for them, they move from one kindly stranger to another on their odyssey, Joel ever certain they are being guided to her door: I was being passed from person to person, he says, on my way back into her wide open window.

Caught between the endless idealism of childhood and the sobering tests of adulthood, Joel and Tank bravely negotiate their way through a landscape of love and beauty, abandonment and betrayal, to learn that the one sure thing is often right by your side.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eunice | 7/26/2013

    " A person can hear the music and experience the pain page after page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Martha | 1/5/2013

    " a tough read about a boy trying to parent his younger brothers after his mother abandons them with their mentally ill, and sometimes dangerous, father. Early R&B music provides a haven for all three boys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristi Brendle | 12/14/2012

    " Made me laugh & cry at once. Great story, but highly disturbing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Mary Jane | 10/24/2012

    " I just could not get into this book. I was recommended to me because of the writing but I just couldn't get into it or understand the way it was written. I had a feeling even if I could understand the writing, it would depress me so I gave up on it. "

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