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3.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 5 3.84 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lydia Peelle Narrator: Tom Stechschulte, Scott Sowers, Therese Plummer, Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Despres | 2/20/2014

    " Incredibly skilled writer. Loved the title story! Not all of the stories resonated with me (like my other 5-star books), but I give it a 5 based on the amazing writing and fantastic storytelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 2/17/2014

    " One of the most enjoyable books I've ever read. A collection of short stories, each one packed full of emotion and character development. This is Peele's first book, which you would never believe considering the maturity of her writing. I can't wait to see what this author does next! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas Montemarano | 2/16/2014

    " Some fine work in this first collection. Sincere, well-crafted stories with just enough attention paid to the music of the sentences (enough to create ear-pleasure, but not so self-consciously to distract from the characters and events). Here's a favorite sentence about goats using hay as bed and meal simultaneously: "The goats slit their yellow eyes blissfully, grabbing mouthfuls of whatever was in reach, while at the other end, their puckered assholes winked turds into it." The word "winked" here tells me that this writer pays attention and waits patiently for just the right word. The strongest stories in the collection - fine prose, complex characters, surprising yet subtle turns, and wonderful endings -- are "Mule Killers," "The Still Point," and "Kidding Season." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meaghan | 2/11/2014

    " Sometimes I wished I were reading Maile Meloy instead, but I will say Peelle's characters will stick with me. There's an ache and longing that permeates these stories--in a good way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Antoinette Maria | 2/4/2014

    " Another book that failed to really grab me though some of the writing is quite wonderful, especially in the first story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 2/4/2014

    " Drawing from a simple landscape, Lydia Peelle explores the complicated emotions that accompany being human. She is able to avoid the pitfall I tend to see of an overly complicated story-line, and her use of rural backdrops allows the emotional aspect of her stories to really shine through. Her two standout stories are, without a doubt, Phantom Pain and Shadow on a Weary Land. Her other stories are beautiful as well, but some left me searching for more than what was given, not necessarily in a good way. Regardless, this is a book I would recommend as an easy, quick, and touching read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gaytracy | 1/31/2014

    " Beautiful Short Stories by an emerging and soon to be well know young author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/20/2014

    " Lydia Peelle has a talent for making one's heart ache. While it is true that short fiction in its brevity has a particular power to instill longing, not many other writers I've read have quite such stunning ability to infuse that form with such powerful nostalgia. These stories are riveting and haunting and while in many instances are not plot driven so much as snapshots of a time, a place, an emotion, Peelle's superb talent leaves you feeling absorbed by the anonymous and the fleeting as if it is something one can know intuitively. In the whole collection, there was really only one weak point, a story narrated by a mother reminiscing for her daughter about her first love. But stories like "Sweethearts of the Rodeo" and the title piece were among the best I think I've ever read. I read this in its entirety sitting in a bookstore in SoHo, and felt like I was in the hills of Kentucky, or the farmlands of the South, utterly transported by the author's remarkable vision. I sincerely hope this collection gets all the attention it deserves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 1/12/2014

    " Absolutely beautiful stories. Some more haunting than others, but I enjoyed each one for different reasons. Recommend if you want a good, short read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregory Frost | 12/26/2013

    " For her story, "Mule Killers", alone Lydia Peelle's collection of stories is worth the price of admission. A powerful, close-to-the-bone writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louie Verile JR. | 12/16/2013

    " not bad. a few good stories...worth the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 12/11/2013

    " Evocative writing; captures an America now lost, along with the souls who inhabited it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 11/25/2013

    " These short stories are gems, each one beautifully rendered. I can't say enough good things about "Sweethearts of the Rodeo" or "The Mulekillers," in particular. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lewis | 7/29/2013

    " This is really 3 1/2 stars. The writing is outstanding and the stories are bleak...portraits of feeling disconnected in the world. Quick read.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marysa | 6/6/2013

    " One of the best story collections I've read in a long, long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 3/20/2013

    " This was a very well-written collection of short stories. I enjoyed it for a change of pace, but I still find the short story somewhat unsatisfying compared to a full-length novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristyn | 3/16/2013

    " I'd give five stars to "The Still Point" and "Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing," but three to the rest of the stories. Those stories are expertly crafted, while the rest are just so-so, not bad but not fantastic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vera May | 8/6/2012

    " reminds me of Alistair MacLeod... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/16/2012

    " Great, compelling stories. The characters make me glad not to be them yet I feel like I know them and find them completely sympathetic. Go figure, because some of them are fairly un-heroic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia Geller | 7/13/2012

    " A slice of rural life, the South, and how development is changing the characters lives. Well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Sanow | 4/21/2012

    " A beautifully written collection with compelling narrative pull. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina Gibson | 3/16/2012

    " Beautiful writing, imagery. Super depressing storylines. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aharon | 12/15/2011

    " Reasons for and advantages of reading this book: it's short "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lily | 8/10/2011

    " Enjoyed some of the stories but they really didn't feel like one cohesive collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 8/5/2011

    " Excellent, terse, well-crafted Tennessee stories... "

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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.