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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (140 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Harrigan Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN:
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Audie Award Nominee, Literary Fiction, 2013

New York Times best-selling author Stephen Harrigan lit up the publishing world with his Spur Award-winning The Gates of the Alamo. The remarkable follow-up to that acclaimed hit, Remember Ben Clayton further cements Harrigan's place as a premier voice in American fiction.

Exiled to Texas with his grown daughter, sculptor Francis Gil Gilheaney is commissioned to create a statue for a man who recently lost his son in World War I. But as work on the statue progresses, secrets slowly reveal themselves and Gil's fragile family threads begin to fray.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 2/13/2014

    " I chose this as my book club selection and our city chose it for our community read. Great book, great Texas writer with a sweeping story of loss, and attempts to find peace. Recommend it highly "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms. S........... | 1/28/2014

    " Since I have been going through some grief presently, I very much related to the depth of feeling in the characters. each had his/her own mourning to work through and secrets from the past to face. one charcater compared her own secrets to her father's and found that "her secrets were not gravely held, but simply her own business" (p. 320). another character comissions a statue of his son who died in The War knowing that the statue won't bring his son back, but wanting it anyway. That statue, standing alone in on a Texas plateau, is a beautiful meditation on memory and legacy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Franz | 1/22/2014

    " One of the better books I've ever read. Seriously. Beautiful and haunting. I can't possibly recommend it enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/17/2014

    " I learned a lot about sculpture and artists in this book, and about the pure reasons for art. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/17/2014

    " sculpture, secrets, texas, france, world war II, father-daughter relationship, father-son relationship, whites, Indians, more secrets and lies "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/11/2014

    " Harrigan's novel lets the characters develop and take shape slowly, much as the process of sculpting the commissioned statue of a Texas rancher's dead son does. Unlikely elements and people braid together in this fine story. It's a heart-breaking tale about the devastating power of secrets and the relationships between fathers and their children. I loved the setting of San Antonio and west Texas. Harrigan's meticulous research makes every detail ring true, whether it's about sculpting, restoring French landscapes destroyed during WW I, or Comanche raids in early Texas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loreldonaghey Donaghey | 1/10/2014

    " I would have rated it a four, but then I read The Art of Fielding and I liked it much better. My mom really liked this one. Maybe I'll read it again sometime, or probably not. Too many great books to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 1/7/2014

    " A book to be savored. One of the best I've read in a long time, with excellent story telling, nicely defined characters, and writing that pulls you into the story and keeps you there even after you've finished reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 12/24/2013

    " One of the best stories I have ever read! I identified with them and wanted to follow them as long as I could! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah Adrian | 12/23/2013

    " I am really excited about this one :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patsy Hall | 12/14/2013

    " Excellent, excellent read. Harrigan is one of my favorite authors. He takes history and spins quite an intriguing yarn out of it with multiple subplots, reminiscent of Shakespeare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 11/29/2013

    " A very compelling read, the kind of book you don't want to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clif Smith | 10/16/2013

    " I had read one of Harrigan's books, so I was prepared for a good work. I really enjoyed this book. Good Texas story and some well-presented characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathyg | 2/11/2013

    " Complex characters, intriguing story, held my interest, set after WWI , anti war themes, Very good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 11/22/2012

    " I get the feeling it would have been good if I had been able to stick with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 9/16/2012

    " Beautiful writing, story and characters. Rancher loses his son in WWI and wants to have a famous sculptor cast his son in bronze and mounted where no one can see it. parent/child relationships. Excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 9/10/2012

    " Harrigan's Gates of the Alamo was a sweeping epic, this one, while big in historical scope, is also more intimate and personal, and the characters will stay with you a long time. Beautiful writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/8/2012

    " For Booklist's historical fiction issue (4/15) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stan Rovira | 1/15/2012

    " This complex novel struck me as an odd cross between Crossing To Safety and All the Pretty Horses. Very well done! "

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About the Author
Stephen Harrigan is the author of three previous novels, Aransas, Jacob’s Well, and The Gates of the Alamo. His nonfiction books include Water and Light: A Diver’s Journey to a Coral Reef and the essay collections A Natural State and Comanche Midnight. He is a longtime writer for Texas Monthly, and his articles have appeared in many other magazines. He lives in Austin, Texas.
About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.