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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (514 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leslea Newman Narrator: Emily Beresford, Luke Daniels, Tom Parks, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Christina Traister Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Audie Award Nominee, Multi-voiced Performance, 2013

On the night of October 6, 1998, a gay 21-year-old University of Wyoming student named Matthew Shepard was lured from a bar by two young men, then savagely beaten, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, and left to die. Five days later, Lesléa Newman arrived on campus to give the keynote speech for the University of Wyoming's Gay Awareness Week. October Mourning is Lesléa Newman's deeply personal response to the events of that tragic day and its brutal aftermath. This work of poetic imagination explores the impact of the vicious crime through fictitious monologues from various points of view, including the fence to which Matthew was tied, the deer that kept watch beside him, and even Matthew himself.

This stunning cycle of 68 poems serves as an illumination for listeners too young to remember and as a powerful, enduring tribute to Matthew Shepard's life and legacy.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anna | 2/20/2014

    " Don't care much for poetry, nor do I typically care to subject myself to such torment, but...sometimes the soul just needs to know -- it is, after all, the least we can do. And, while this one's bound to leave you convulsing with chills, it's an eye opening experiencing -- not to mention a reminder that we ought to teach far more than 'tolerance' in schools. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by MrsB | 2/15/2014

    " I remember Matthew Shepard's death, but I never read anything about it at the time. This book is very powerful in the simplicity of its poems. I found this very moving and would highly recommend others read it. You can read the entire thing in under an hour. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mindy | 2/11/2014

    " Very powerful novel-in-verse about Matthew Shepard's murder in 1998. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michele Bernhard | 2/10/2014

    " So incredibly sad.... "

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