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Author: Lucius Shepard Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781481536738
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Lucius Shepard explores the after-effects of trauma in this haunting story.

Bobby is a Columbia grad student studying philosophy who has taken a year off from school to help with the meticulous clean-up at ground zero after 9/11. Each day, he enters a nightmarish otherworld of smoke and ash, where pieces of broken lives emerge from the rubble like lost soul fragments. Haunted by what he has seen, he finds himself collecting pieces from the wreckage. Yet he is unable to talk about his experience—until he finds himself drawn to an enigmatic older woman at the bar he frequents after work. Every evening she sits there alone, fending off men who approach, seeking some kind of solace or resolution. Inexplicably, Bobby feels compelled to share stories with her. In a changed world where no one is quite whole, they may offer each other a missing piece.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Shepard manipulates genre elements in order to transcend genre expectations.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Shepard is fantasy literature’s Joseph Conrad or perhaps its Saul Bellow, a writer who never tires of staring directly into the abyss.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Chilling—and unforgettable.”

    Barnes & Noble review

  • “Shepard is a magical existentialist…the magic of Robert Stone, Graham Greene, and Joseph Conrad lurks around the edges of his jungles.”

    The Village Voice

  • “A prodigious talent.”

    Locus

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wes | 6/9/2010

    " It had potential, but as the collection went on it became blurry, and rudderless. Lucius shephard could have done better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregor | 5/8/2010

    " This is an excellent collection. And short stories are always a tough sell with me. "

About the Author

Lucius Shepard (1947–2014) won two World Fantasy Awards, as well as the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Theodore Sturgeon awards for science fiction writing and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

About the Narrator

Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening selection, an AudioFile “Best Narration of the Year” selection in 2009, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has also been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She is an award-winning British actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.