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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, Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 Great New Writers Award
  • A 2010 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award Honourable Mention
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