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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (379 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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