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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Valente Narrator: Andi Arndt, Todd Haberkorn Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9780062564863
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The lives of four teenagers are capsized by a shocking school shooting and its aftermath in this powerful debut novel, a coming-of-age story with the haunting power of Station Eleven and the bittersweet poignancy of Everything I Never Told You.

As members of the yearbook committee, Nick, Zola, Matt, and Christina are eager to capture all the memorable moments of their junior year at Lewis and Clark High School—the plays and football games, dances and fund-drives, teachers and classes that are the epicenter of their teenage lives. But how do you document a horrific tragedy—a deadly school shooting by a classmate?

Struggling to comprehend this cataclysmic event—and propelled by a sense of responsibility to the town, their parents, and their school—these four “lucky” survivors vow to honor the memories of those lost, and also, the memories forgotten in the shadow of violence. But the shooting is only the first inexplicable trauma to rock their small suburban St. Louis town. A series of mysterious house fires have hit the families of the victims one by one, pushing the grieving town to the edge.

Nick, the son of the lead detective investigating the events, plunges into the case on his own, scouring the Internet to uncover what could cause a fire with no evident starting point. As their friend pulls farther away, Matt and Christina battle to save damaged relationships, while Zola fights to keep herself together.

A story of grief, community, and family, of the search for understanding and normalcy in the wake of devastating loss, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down explores profound questions about resiliency, memory, and recovery that brilliantly illuminate the deepest recesses of the human heart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Valente’s beautiful, elegiac novel…is a work of heartbreaking timeliness.”

    J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for October 2016
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About the Author

Anne Valente is the author of the story collection By Light We Knew Our Names, which won the Dzanc Books Short Story Prize, and the fiction chapbook An Elegy for Mathematics. She teaches in the Creative Writing department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

About the Narrators

Andi Arndt is a professional voice actor whose bright, clear voice has entranced listeners. Her audiobook credits include several books by Debbie Macomber, Tom Perrotta’s Nine Inches, Risa Green’s Projection, and many more.

Todd Haberkorn is an actor and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has created unique voices for a variety of characters for cartoons and video games. Add to this a healthy production life in front of and behind the camera as well as partaking in theater arts on stage, and he has had the pleasure of a wonderful career in the entertainment industry thus far. When he isn’t working on a production of some kind, he travels the globe talking about those productions.