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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: Lydia Peelle Narrator: Tom Stechschulte, Scott Sowers, Thérèse Plummer, Therese Plummer, Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781461804130
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The compelling short stories of Lydia Peelle have earned her two Pushcart Prizes, an O. Henry Award, and publication in Best New American Voices. This debut collection brings together eight superbly crafted stories that peer deeply into the human heart, exploring lives derailed by the loss of a vital connection to the land and to the natural world of which they are a part.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[The stories] read like fully formed classics, as if Bob Dylan was rewriting the stories of Alice Munro. These are eight clear and precise gems, deeply rooted in Southern soil, and alive with every pore to heartbreak and possibility.”

    Louisville Courier Journal

  • “Peelle’s acute perception of a squandered world inspires complex, suspenseful stories that celebrate life’s endless improvisation and assertion…Darkly lyrical, ironic, and compassionate stories…Brilliant and stunning.”

    Kansas City Star

  • “An incredible collection of eight gorgeously crafted stories, with wonderfully drawn characters whose individual tales stay with you.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “With humor and insight, these sharply etched fictions illuminate turning points…in lives conscribed by limited horizons…Peelle vividly evokes a setting and brings its inhabitants…instantly and convincingly to life.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Rock-solid prose, surprising connections, and resounding transformations add up to powerful and significant stories of improvised life in a consumed world.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Lydia Peelle’s lovely, fluid voice lures you into a world full of heartbreak and devastation…[It] calls to mind masters of the unsettling short story like Mary Gaitskill, or even Alice Munro…[Peelle] has the makings of a writer who defies labels and creates her own categories.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Selected for the August 2009 Indie Next List
  • Nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • A 2010 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award Honourable Mention
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About the Author

Lydia Peelle was born in Boston. Her short stories have appeared in numerous publications and have won two Pushcart Prizes, an O. Henry Award, and have been featured in Best New American Voices. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

About the Narrators

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.

Scott Sowers is an actor and audiobook narrator. AudioFile magazine named him the 2008 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense.

Thérèse Plummer is an actor, award-winning voice-over artist, and counselor. She is a six-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for audio narration. She has appeared in a variety of television and film roles, and, as counselor for adolescents, she spent five years using drama therapy techniques in individual and group settings.

Thérèse Plummer is an actor, award-winning voice-over artist, and counselor. She is a six-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for audio narration. She has appeared in a variety of television and film roles, and, as counselor for adolescents, she spent five years using drama therapy techniques in individual and group settings.

Suzanne Toren has recorded over nine hundred audiobooks. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas. She was awarded the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress and has earned more than two dozen Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine.