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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (123 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Shelby Foote Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Shelby Foote’s magnificently orchestrated novel anticipates much of the subject matter of his monumental Civil War trilogy, rendering the clash between North and South with a violence all the more shocking for its intimacy. Love in a Dry Season describes an erotic and economic triangle, in which two wealthy and fantastically unhappy Mississippi families—the Barcrofts and the Carrutherses—are joined by an open-faced fortune hunter from the North, a man whose ruthlessness is matched only by his inability to understand the people he tries to exploit and his fatal incomprehension of the passions he so casually ignites. Combining a flawless sense of place with a Faulknerian command of the grotesque, Foote’s novel turns a small cotton town into a sexual battleground as fatal as Vicksburg or Shiloh—and one where strategy is no match for instinct and tradition.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Shelby Foote ably fashions a drama as modern as today’s newspaper, as old as Mosaic law.”

    New York Times

  • “A fascinating drama...the atmosphere is superbly managed; and on every score, this is a first-rate job of story-telling.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “With impeccable detail, Foote delves into the moral decay of the American moneyed class. [Grover Gardner’s] performance lends an amused presence to Foote’s scenario. [Gardner] precisely captures Jeff and Amy’s pretense of virtue, the Major’s disdain for those he considers below him, and the fading values of the next and future generations.”


  • “Shrewdly contrived and skillfully executed.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sean Chick | 7/29/2013

    " Foote is a skilled writer and great at character development. However, the plot is not very interesting and the characters show no redeeming qualities. A missed opportunity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rose | 4/30/2013

    " Masterful story telling that transports the reader to the South. The characters are disdainful and provoke pity at once for their complete lack of empathy and insight, so caught up are they in their own motives. The strategic irony which sums up the ending is brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Asia | 9/14/2012

    " Definitely engrossing, in the way that eccentric, wealthy, and largely unlikeable characters tend to be. The narration is suitably caustic, though a real affection for the Deep South is readily apparent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jennifer | 6/14/2012

    " The audio file was corrupt so that I couldn't listen to the end of the story. The tone of this story is languid and sad. The characters are deep, interesting creatures of their time and environment. I will definitely need to finish this one sometime. "

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