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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,169 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward P. Jones Narrator: Cherise Booth, Caroline Clay, Peter Jay Fernandez, Patricia R Floyd, Kevin Free Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN:
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Edward P. Jones is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the critically acclaimed novel The Known World.

A finalist for the National Book Award, Lost in the City features 15 poignant short stories, each set in Washington, D.C. Far removed from marble monuments and the offices of rich politicians, the nation's capital that Jones captures is inhabited by self-willed African-Americans struggling to live their lives as best they can. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shara | 2/7/2014

    " "The Girl Who Raised Pigeons," "The Store," "Lost in the City" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/1/2014

    " Let me say, first of all, that I didn't finish this book. This is a collection of short stories set in Washington, D.C., which is what drew me to the book in the beginning (I live in the suburbs and like to play in D.C.) The writing is very good, however, every story left me wanting more. I think each one could have been the start of a great novel. Obviously, I get frustrated with the short story format so it's best I stick to novels when reading fiction. I have read his novel, The Known World, which was fantastic. This guy is insanely talented so if you love short stories, I highly recommend Lost in the City. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Russell | 1/18/2014

    " Among my favorite short story collections. Creates its own world, unlike any other, in the social history of Washington, DC for its overwhelming majority of African American residents. Jones' best (and better than his novel, The Known World). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 1/17/2014

    " Many wonderful stories in this short story collection. I picked this book up after being so impressed by the author's novel The Unknown World (which I also highly recommend). I was not disappointed. Though many of the stories are dark, the writing is terrific. All stories occur in Washington DC; most of the characters have difficult lives and find themselves in difficult circumstances. A number of them are unforgettable. Good read for sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 1/15/2014

    " I haven't read any short stories since high school. This book reminded me why I liked them so much and left me wishing I had someone to discuss these with. My favorite was the girl with the pigeons. I read this on the metro, it was perfect for my commutes and longer weekend trips around DC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ann | 12/19/2013

    " Jones is a very good writer; has a tremendous sense of place. I'm looking forward to reading The Known World. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/19/2013

    " Short stories set in Washington, DC. This book makes me think of Cane, by Jean Toomer. I wanted to ask the author about this when I saw him at a reading at the public library, but couldn't get up the nerve. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan | 12/7/2013

    " Very good collection. I can't wait to have some time to finish reading it. Strong voices, strong characterization, a variety of thoughts and feelings. I'm glad Jones is not just another flavor of the minute. I'll happily read more of his work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beatty | 11/27/2013

    " Excellent stories about life from the perspective of African American residents of Washington DC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 11/8/2013

    " A really good collection of short stories about the people in Washington D.C. It's refreshing to read a book with black characters that doesn't devolve to stereotype. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 3/7/2013

    " I bought this book in D.C. and read it while I was there because it was recommended in Lonely Planet D.C. It is a collection of short stories that take place in the black communities of 1920's to 1960's D.C. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 4/19/2012

    " When Jones is good he's GREAT. Unfortunately there are some confused, awkward pieces in this collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chaven | 12/23/2011

    " One of the best contemporary writers. Love the grocery store story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Burst | 9/3/2011

    " A beautiful collection of short stories about near NE DC during the crack epidemic. Characters felt real. Stories familiar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Gallaway | 3/21/2011

    " Beautifully written stories about love and grief and striving set in Washington, DC., mostly from the 1950s through the 1970s. Highly recommend! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 9/28/2010

    " disappointing... his novels were great, but these short stories were repetitive and empty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 9/9/2010

    " READ THESE STORIES. READ THEM NOW. REREAD THEM TOMORROW. READ THEM A LOT AND NEVER FORGET THEM. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael | 11/15/2009

    " I was disappointed in Jones's first book, a collection of short stories, some of which begin with promise but eventually turn boring and pointless. I hope his later work is stronger. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Judi Gibbs | 8/16/2009

    " Did not like this book at all. It was a collection of short stories which I found boring. Plots were weak and uninteresting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 molly | 1/25/2009

    " I'd give it 2 and a half stars if I could. But really I couldn't wait to get done with this one. It had its moments and the author seems promising but for the most part the stories were too predictable and boring, mostly just bad things happening to not so great people. "

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About the Author
Author Edward P. Jones

Edward P. Jones, the New York Times bestselling author, has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Lannan Literary Award for The Known World; he also received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2004. His first collection of stories, Lost in the City, won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was short listed for the National Book Award. His second collection, All Aunt Hagar’s Children, was a finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award. He has been an instructor of fiction writing at a range of universities, including Princeton. He lives in Washington, D.C.